Another issue of ACNR brings a range of diverting and informative articles to our readership.
Oliver Kleinig, Christopher Dillon Ovenden, Amal Abou-Hamden and Timothy Kleinig from Adelaide look at the latest evidence as to whether it is ever prudent to intervene neurosurgically when a patient has had an intracerebral haemorrhage. They explain why it is hard to run well conducted clinical trials to answer key questions in the field but foresee that minimally invasive surgical trials might be a way forward.
From Sydney, Rowena Mobbs ‘tackles’ clinicopathological controversies in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and acknowledges an increasing understanding of the different types of head trauma that may lead to CTE, the difficulties of making a diagnosis in living patients and the need for disease specific biomarkers.
Abigail Clynch and colleagues from Liverpool appraise us of how molecular advances will improve and broaden the classification of meningiomas and how they might lead to novel treatment approaches.
Genny Hart, Rebecca Kimber, Emma Ladyman, Jane Richmond and Paola Giunti from London argue for the benefits of a multidisciplinary team approach to the management of progressive ataxias and provide insights into their experience managing these conditions at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
AJ Larner’s historical article is about how David Ferrier’s public profile as a prominent neurologist led to his influence on three late 19th-century writers, Wilkie Collins, HG Wells and Bram Stoker.
John Cheyne’s name lives on in the eponymous Cheyne-Stokes breathing which is readily recognisable to neurologists working in acute care settings. His career is the subject of JMS Pearce’s biographical vignette.
We present a bumper crop of conference reports including Ismail Abdulfattah Ibrahim’s report on the National Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine Course and reports on the Dizziness and Balance Workshop by Maria Francisca Rocha, the UKABIF Annual Conference by Louise Blakeborough and the 9th Hull BASH National Meeting On Headache Disorders by Fayyaz Ahmed.
Our book reviews are from Rhys Davies reviewing “Neurology: A Clinical Handbook” by Charles Clarke and Timothy Boey who reviews “The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness” by Suzanne O’ Sullivan.