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There is a long tradition in neurology of using a detailed report of an individual patient—the ‘clinical anecdote’—as the basis for understanding of disorders of the nervous system and for gaining insights into the normal functioning of the brain. In his many best-selling books, Oliver Sacks has used this approach to bring an appreciation of neurological disorders to the public at large, broadening the understanding of neurology and inspiring students to consider neurology. In this issue he reminisces about two of his early mentors, two very different clinical neurologists—Roger Gilliatt and Michael Kremer—who inspired him (see page 128).
Mark Manford considers how we can inspire students to to learn …