History of Medicine Section, Wednesday 8th December 2021_Robert Bentley Todd (1809-1860)

08/12/2021 in Online

Robert Bentley Todd (1809-1860): an Irish physician’s Contribution to Neurology and Neuroscience

Todd was born in Dublin, where he trained in medicine. In 1836 he was appointed Professor of Physiology and Morbid Anatomy at King’s College London. He founded King’s College Hospital *(KCH) in 1840 and became its most distinguished physician. He was a pioneering microscopist, the first to recognise that nerve cell bodies were in continuity with axons and to recognise the insulating properties of myelin. Influenced by his contemporary, Michael Faraday, he initiated the concept of nervous polarity to explain nerve cell conduction, electrical functions of the nervous system and electrical discharges in epilepsy. He was the first to describe locomotor ataxia. Todd’s Paralysis was a minor part of his contributions to neurology and neuroscience.

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Topic: RAMI History of Medicine Section Robert B Todd Lecture Wednesday, December 8th at 7pm
Time: Dec 8, 2021 07.00 PM London

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