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Otfrid Foerster * Physician and Naturalist

The :l:5th of June, :1:966 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of OTFRID FOERSTER, one of those scientists who achieve international recognition in their younger years. He ranks among the greatest of the German neurologists and he stands as a peer among the great names of the world responsible for the shaping of the image of Neurology: HUGHLINGS JACKSON, CHARCOT, DUCHENNE DE BOULOGNE, DEJERINE, ERB, Sir HENRY HEAD, MONAKow, and SHERRINGTON. As if possessed by adernon FOERSTER spent hirns elf indefatigably to achieve his almost superhuman task during his lifetime. His work will remain a determinant for Neurology for a long time to come. Let his own publications speak for hirn. The epilogues, written shortly after his death, picture hirn more vividly than can be done today. A short biography and a number of memoirs introduce excerpts from his scientific presentations, many of which are intro- duced by abrief prefatory note regarding the circumstances of the specific project. Our gratitude is extended to the Springer Publishing House for facilitating an English translation of the original German edition prepared for the Joint Annual Meeting of the "German Society for Neurology" and the "German Society for Internal Medicine", :1:966. And I should also like to express my gratitude to Dr. ADOLF ROSENAUER and Dr. JOSEPH EVANS for their translations.
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A. Biography of OtfridFoerster.- B. Epilogue.- C. Excerpts from Foerster's most Important Papers.- I. Contributions to Neurological Analysis, Diagnostic and Clinical.- 1.Early Papers on Coordination, Associated Movements, Contractures, Spasticity.- 2. Studies on the Anatomy and Physiology of Muscles and Peripheral Nerves.- 3. Foerster's Contributions to Orthopedics and "Physical Terapy" (Neurological Rehabilitation).- 4. Clinical Syndromes.- a) The Pallidal Syndrome.- b) The Athetotic Syndrome.- c) The Choreoathetotic Syndrome.- d) The Cramp Syndrome.- e) The Atonic-Astatic Syndrome.- f) Transection Syndromes of the Spinal Cord.- 5.Neuroradiological Experiences.- II. Contributions to Neurosurgery.- 1. Posterior Root Section for the Diminution of Spasticity ("Foerster's Operation").- 2. Posterior Root Section in Gastric Crises.- 3.Section of the Pain Tract in the Spinal Cord, the So-called Antero Lateral Tract Section.- 4.Spinal Cord Tumors.- 5. Surgery of Peripheral Nerves.- 6. Brain Surgery: Elimination of the Meningo-cerebral Scar.- 7. Operative Treatment of Brain Tumors.- 8. Operations on the Vegetative System.- III. Contributions to the Applied Physiology of the Nervous System.- 1. The Dermatomes.- 2. The Sensation of Pain and its Conduction Pathways.- 3. The Extent of the Principle of Localization.- 4. Contributions to Neurophysiology.- a) The First Electrocorticogram of a Brain Tumor.- b) Hyperventilation as a Method to Provoke Seizures.- c) Reflex Physiology.- d) Foerster's Opinion on the Activating and Inhibiting Systems of the Brain Stem.- e) Contributions to the Knowledge of the Vegetative System.- 5.Foerster's Interest in the Physiology of Special Senses.- IV. Congress Speeches and Biographical Appreciations.- Epilogue.- Figures and Photographs.

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