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
Denny-Brown D, Russell WR. (1940) Experimental cerebral concussion The Journal of Physiology. 99: 153-153
Denny-Brown DE, Sherrington CS. (1928) Subliminal fringe in spinal flexion. The Journal of Physiology. 66: 175-80
Denny-Brown DE, Liddell EG. (1928) Extensor reflexes in the fore-limb. The Journal of Physiology. 65: 305-26
Denny-Brown DE, Liddell EGT. (1928) Extensor reflexes in the fore‐limb The Journal of Physiology. 65: 305-326
Denny-Brown DE, Liddell EG. (1927) The stretch reflex as a spinal process. The Journal of Physiology. 63: 144-50
Denny-Brown DE, Liddell EG. (1927) Observations on the motor twitch and on reflex inhibition of the tendon-jerk of m. supraspinatus. The Journal of Physiology. 63: 70-80
Denny-Brown DE, Liddell EGT. (1927) Observations on the motor twitch and on reflex inhibition of the tendon‐jerk of m. supraspinatus The Journal of Physiology. 63: 70-80
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