Dr C Miller Fisher

While Neuropathologist at the Montreal General Hospital (1950- 54) Dr Fisher (December 5, 1913 – April 14, 2012) proved in 1100 autopsies the importance of atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries in the neck and the occurrence of stroke. The possibility of carotid surgery was raised. In these cases there was often a history of transient paralysis, numbness or speech impairment lasting a few minutes preceding the stroke. These were termed transient ischaemic attacks (TIA’s) and served as a warning of an oncoming stroke, providing an opportunity to use anticoagulants or endarterectomy in order to prevent a stroke.