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Brainspotting: Adventures in Neurology
  1. Matthew C Kiernan1,2
  1. 1 Brain and Mind Centre, Bushell Chair of Neurology, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Matthew C Kiernan, Brain and Mind Centre, Bushell Chair of Neurology, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2040, Australia; matthew.kiernan{at}

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Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose neurology.

While undertaking formal training in clinical neurology, I was fortunate to spend a few years at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square London. During the course of training, our team of registrars received a potpourri of seminars delivered by the consultant neurologists with whom we worked, usually in the form of a lunchtime meeting. While working down our NHS sandwiches, prior to the arrival of our consultant presenter, I recall a discussion commenced by the group: who among the consultants was the real deal? Through this process, each of the consultants was named and dissected, followed by assessment of their strengths and perceived weaknesses, a process that would then be followed by a vote. Caesear style, thumbs up or thumbs down, no words exchanged. When discussion arrived at Andrew Lees, the vote was universal – thumbs up, he was the real deal!

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