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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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Denny-Brown D, Chambers RA. (1976) Physiological aspects of visual perception. I. Functional aspects of visual cortex. Archives of Neurology. 33: 219-27
Denny-Brown D, Kirk EJ, Yanagisawa N. (1973) The tract of Lissauer in relation to sensory transmission in the dorsal horn of spinal cord in the macaque monkey The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 151: 175-199
Kirk EJ, Denny-Brown D. (1970) Functional variation in dermatomes in the macaque monkey following dorsal root lesions. The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 139: 307-320
DENNY-BROWN D, VIETS H, ADAMS R, et al. (1964) JAMES BOURNE AYER, MD 1882-1963. Archives of Neurology. 11: 449-51
Denny-Brown D. (1961) Brain Trauma and Concussion Jama Neurology. 5: 1-3
Penry CJK, Hoefnagel D, Noort SVD, et al. (1960) Muscle spasm and abnormal postures resulting from damage to interneurones in spinal cord. Jama Neurology. 3: 500-512
Bennett HS, Sxent-Gyorgyi A, Denny-Brown D, et al. (1958) What We Need to Know About Muscle Neurology. 8: 65-65
England AC, Denny-Brown D. (1952) Severe sensory changes, and trophic disorder, in peroneal muscular atrophy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth type). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 67: 1-22
Denny-Brown D. (1949) Interpretation of the electromyogram. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 61: 99-128
ADAMS RD, CAMMERMEYER J, DENNY-BROWN D. (1949) Acute necrotizing hemorrhagic encephalopathy. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 8: 1-29
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