Editor’s introduction – and farewell

Posted in Editor's introduction on 11th Feb 2020

In this first issue of the 2020s we cover in our review articles the neurological topics of sleep, polyneuropathy therapy, and therapy with music and human-animal-interaction.

Dr Kirstie Anderson (Newcastle) presents an approach to taking a sleep-history and uncovering symptoms without forcing ‘every symptom a patient gives you into a daytime diagnosis’.

Prof Wendy Magee (Philadelphia) rationalises why we should encourage and develop resources for music therapy as part of neurorehabilitation, particularly for motor disorders. There seems to be an effect beyond that of familiarity or enjoyment.

Professor Laura Edwards (Nottingham) presents animal assisted therapy and pet ownership for rehabilitation as a resource to improve mood, confidence and motor and language recovery after a range of disorders.

Professor Gita Ramdharry (Kingston University, and UCL/National Hospital) with colleagues Kate Bull, Rebecca Jeffcott and Andrew Frame also from the National Hospital, London, provide an overview of the approach to rehabilitation for individuals with polyneuropathy. A thorough assessment approach with emphasis on exercise with resistance training, selection of orthotics and splinting, education can lead to improved outcomes, and this article provides an excellent educational framework for dealing with a common clinical problem.

In the rest of the journal we have Elohor Ijete, medical student at King’s College London, who writes an essay on recognising and challenging stigma in neurological disability, particularly as a barrier to access to effective rehabilitation. This essay contains some useful approaches to challenge stigma, focused on the use of language about disability, and an urgent call to action to those working in media.

We have Andrew Larner (Liverpool) argue for the cutting and forgetting of eponyms, particularly for those names known to have been linked to Nazi and other regimes. Long-running contributor JMS Pearce writes on Vladimir Bekhterev, famous for ankylosing spondylitis, but forgotten perhaps for contributions to a range of reflexes (with some eponyms), and his sudden unexplained death and erasure from history within days of examining Stalin.

Anne Cooke of the British Neuroscience Association writes on boosting credibility and sustainability in neuroscience research, linked to the launch of their Credibility in Neuroscience manifesto.

We have book reviews by Rhys Davies and Ann Donnelly, and seven conference reviews from the past year with a look ahead at conferences in the coming year.

It is 10 years since I started out as a co-Editor of ACNR for the 2010s, so now is the time to bow out and let the journal continue to develop and grow under the guidance of publisher Rachael Hansford, and the current and future editorial team. Rachael’s original vision, of a journal that explains the latest advances in research to an audience of mainly clinical practitioners, has held out in my view as a unique and valuable resource, and I encourage readers to contact the journal and submit their writing.

Mike Zandi

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