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The realm of neurology—past, present and future
  1. Matthew C Kiernan
  1. Correspondence to Professor M C Kiernan, Neuroscience Research Australia, Barker Street, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2031, Australia; m.kiernan{at}

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There would be nothing more satisfying than re-reading a manifesto formulated in youth to find that almost everything hoped for had come to fruition. For the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry's foundation editor, Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson (figure 1), the sense of achievement must have been monumental. In addition to his brilliant career as a neurologist, as acknowledged by the proposal of Nobel Laureates Sir Charles Sherrington and Lord Adrian for his admission to the Fellowship of the Royal Society,1 Kinnier Wilson was the driving force behind the establishment of JNNP.

Figure 1

SA Kinnier Wilson, Foundation Editor of the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

The first volume of JNNP (originally published as the Journal of Neurology and Psychopathology) was launched in 1920 with a commentary by Kinnier Wilson entitled ‘The realm of neurology.’2 In colourful prose, consistent with his flamboyant style,3 Kinnier Wilson incorporated serious discussion concerning the …

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  • Competing interests Matthew Kiernan is Editor-in-Chief of JNNP.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.