Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday at the AAN Meeting
I'm now awaiting the commencement of the colloquium on neurology education, which I thought might be of use since I teach neurology and neuropathology to medical students and all neurology residents at SIU rotate with me at some point. Last night I had a pleasant dinner with Dr. J. Clay Goodman, where I encouraged him to publish a second edition, with Dr. Greg Fuller, of the best introductory neuropathology guide on the market: Practical Review of Neuropathology (2001). I mentioned that all he needs is a little updating and a switch to color pictures, and he has a best-seller. He replied that he and Greg have talked about putting out a new edition, perhaps a web-based version that will avoid a publisher altogether. Also at dinner with Goodman was Dr. P. James B. Dyck of the Mayo Clinic. The occasion was a dinner seminar that Goodman and Dyck were presenting entitled "You Want to Biopsy My What?". This outstanding presentation focused on brain biopsy for rapidly progressive CNS disease (Goodman) and peripheral nerve (Dyck). Goodman closed his presentation with the following line: "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses rather than zebras... unless you're in the Serengeti. And in neurology, you always have one foot in the Serengeti!"
Dr. Robert Darroff, of Case Western, is currently giving an amusing talk entitled "Advice to Educators". He says that students are more receptive to learning when they are feeling relaxed. Humor is not to be underestimated in teaching!