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Vol 54, No 2 (2020)
Commentary
Published online: 2020-02-26
Submitted: 2019-03-31
Accepted: 2019-05-16
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Edward Flatau (1868–1932) — world-leading pioneer of neurology and neurosurgery

Seweryna Konieczna, Dariusz Koziorowski
DOI: 10.5603/PJNNS.a2020.0016
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Pubmed: 32101323
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2020;54(2):211-216.

open access

Vol 54, No 2 (2020)
Commentary
Published online: 2020-02-26
Submitted: 2019-03-31
Accepted: 2019-05-16

Abstract

Polish neurology and neurosurgery owe a very great deal to Edward Flatau. He was a pioneer of these disciplines in Poland whose influence extends worldwide, and we recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth. Edward Flatau’s grandson, an outstanding physicist who has been living in San Diego in the USA for many years, has published a book ‘Edward Flatau and his comet: beginnings of Polish neurology’. Its promotion took place in the Flatau hometown of Płock in Poland.

In 1894, Edward Flatau published his notable work: ‘Atlas of the human brain and the trajectory of fibres’, the result of arduous work on brain sections and images that were captured with an especially designed camera. These photographs caused a publishing sensation at the end of the 19th century. The atlas was published in German and almost immediately translated into Polish, Russian, French and English. The most distinguished work of Edward Flatau was his great 1912 study of migraine headaches entitled ‘Migraine’, which has still not become out-of-date and is regularly quoted in international literature today.

Abstract

Polish neurology and neurosurgery owe a very great deal to Edward Flatau. He was a pioneer of these disciplines in Poland whose influence extends worldwide, and we recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth. Edward Flatau’s grandson, an outstanding physicist who has been living in San Diego in the USA for many years, has published a book ‘Edward Flatau and his comet: beginnings of Polish neurology’. Its promotion took place in the Flatau hometown of Płock in Poland.

In 1894, Edward Flatau published his notable work: ‘Atlas of the human brain and the trajectory of fibres’, the result of arduous work on brain sections and images that were captured with an especially designed camera. These photographs caused a publishing sensation at the end of the 19th century. The atlas was published in German and almost immediately translated into Polish, Russian, French and English. The most distinguished work of Edward Flatau was his great 1912 study of migraine headaches entitled ‘Migraine’, which has still not become out-of-date and is regularly quoted in international literature today.

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atlas of human brain, migraine, Flatau’s law, great pioneer of neurology and neurosurgery

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Title

Edward Flatau (1868–1932) — world-leading pioneer of neurology and neurosurgery

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 54, No 2 (2020)

Pages

211-216

Published online

2020-02-26

DOI

10.5603/PJNNS.a2020.0016

Pubmed

32101323

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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2020;54(2):211-216.

Keywords

atlas of human brain
migraine
Flatau’s law
great pioneer of neurology and neurosurgery

Authors

Seweryna Konieczna
Dariusz Koziorowski

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