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The Mayo Clinic experience
  1. Anhar Hassan,
  2. Eelco FM Wijdicks
  1. Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eelco F M Wijdicks, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA; wijde{at}

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Neurological illness brings pathos and shock but also an element of humanism. Thus, neurological disorders and their vicissitudes—in particular, the more disabling afflictions—speak to the imagination of book and screen writers. We wish to describe our experience of these art forms within the Neurology Book and Film Club at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA.

Our ‘club’ was initiated in 2010 by neurology residents and is supported and attended by residents, fellows and consultant staff. We hold a monthly event to discuss a book or movie with a neurological theme, suggested and voted upon by attendees (figure 1). Currently, each participant buys or loans the book. The event rotates between residents’ and consultants’ homes. The experience of cinema requires optimal display of sight and sound, and …

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  • Contributors Both authors equally contributed to writing the article.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Katharine Harding, Cardiff, UK.

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