Clinical Mentation Evaluation

The evolution of my thinking and ultimately this book is tribute to many friends and colleagues that helped me in my formative years. I was very fortunate to have Professor Phillip Tobias as my Anatomy Professor and Dean of the medical school at the University of Witwatersrand. He taught us human anatomy from not one, but three large books called Man’s Anatomy part 1, 2, and 3 but more importantly enkindled in his students a fascination for human origins that he was so famous for. Professors Pierre Bill and John Cosnett of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal,

Durban, for their patient and expert teaching in clinical neurology, guiding my early career development. Professor John Robbs, Head of Surgery and Vascular Surgery, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, for his enthusiastic support and promotion of my early forays into cerebrovascular medicine and helping form the Durban Cerebrovascular Group. Professor Bill Pryse-Phillips helped land my first neurology job at Memorial University, Canada, while he researched and wrote his book, Neurology Dictionary. Professors JP Mohr and Ralph Sacco enthusiastically guided me through my stroke fellowship and instilled the fervor for computerized registry analyses at Columbia University, New York. I am very fortunate to have the continued guidance and mentorship in cognitive neurology and cognitive neuroscience from Professor Frederick Schmitt of the Sanders Brown Aging Institute at the University of Kentucky and Professor Ken Heilman of University of Florida. I am grateful to Dr Fiona Crawford and Dr Michael Mullen for providing me with a platform for launching neuro-archeological seminars at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota and promoting clinical cognitive neurology to flourish side by side with their high-level neuroscience research.

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