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Lucky accidents do happen
  1. Vladimir Hachinski
  1. Correspondence to Dr V Hachinski, President, World Federation of Neurology, Hill House, Heron Square, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1EP, UK, and Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; info{at}wfneurology.org

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Lucky accidents do happen. As a first year resident (house staff) in internal medicine at the Montreal General Hospital, I was sent for a month to the investigative unit that relied heavily on radiology. The Quebec province radiologists went on strike, the unit closed and I was reassigned to the neurology service. I had always been intrigued by neurology but I shared the then common belief that neurology was very complicated and offered little therapy. The residents were on rounds with Dr Donald Baxter, the head of neurology. A 57-year-old French Canadian man presented with baffling symptoms. I stood at the end of the …

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