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Derek Ernst Denny-Brown, DPhil, Oxford University

Neurology Boston City Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States 
"Derek Denny-Brown"

Denny-Brown was born in New Zealand, moved to Oxford to work with Charles Sherrington and in 1928 took up his medical practice at the National Hospital Queen Square, where he worked until 1941. Here he worked with a series of the world’s leading neurologists, including Francis Walshe, Gordon Holmes and Charles Symonds. With the advent of war, he took up the Chair in Neurology at Harvard. His classic book – The Reflex Activity of the Spinal Cord – was published by Oxford in 1932. In 1946 he was appointed to the James Jackson Putnam Professor of Neurology at Harvard, which he held for 19 years. His research library remains, featuring particularly fascinating films of his lesioning experiments. He trained a whole generation of academic neurologists and was undoubtedly the most important figure in the field of his generation.


1949 AANP President

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Geschwind N. (1982) Derek-Ernest Denny-Brown 1901-1981. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 53: 137-9
Chambers RA. (1981) Derek Ernest Denny-Brown, OBE, MD(NZ), FRCP(Lond). Archives of Neurology. 38: 603-4
Bennett HS, Sxent-Gyorgyi A, Denny-Brown D, et al. (1958) What We Need to Know About Muscle Neurology. 8: 65-65
Pearson C, Adams RD, Denny-Brown D. (1948) Traumatic necrosis of pretibial muscles. The New England Journal of Medicine. 239: 213-217
Denny-Brown D, Adams RD, Brenner C, et al. (1945) The pathology of injury to nerve induced by cold. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 4: 305-323
Friedman AP, Brenner C, Denny-Brown D. (1945) Post-Traumatic Vertigo and Dizziness Journal of Neurosurgery. 2: 36-46
Denny-Brown D, Doherty MM. (1945) Effects Of Transient Stretching Of Peripheral Nerve Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 54: 116-129
Denny-Brown D, Brenner C. (1944) The Effect Of Percussion Of Nerve. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 7: 76-95
Denny-Brown D, Adams RD, Fitzgerald PJ. (1944) Pathologic Features Of Herpes Zoster: A Note On Geniculate Herpes Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 51: 216-231
Denny-Brown D, Brenner C. (1944) Paralysis Of Nerve Induced By Direct Pressure And By Tourniquet Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 51: 1-26
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