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Jiang et al. explore the mechanisms behind the particular vulnerability of cerebellar Purkinje cells to pathology in ataxia telangiectasia.
Nóbrega et al. show that polyglutamine expansion in ataxin-3 is accompanied by a reduction in ataxin-2 levels, and that restoring ataxin-2 rescues pathology in a mouse model.
Hollocks et al. use brain imaging and statistical modelling to show that white-matter damage in small vessel disease is associated with apathy, but not depression.

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100-Year Anniversary of Sir William Richard Gowers

This article collection celebrates the work of Sir William Gowers (1845 - 1915) on the 100-year anniversary of his death with a selection of articles both written by him, and about him.
Sir William Gowers was described by Macdonald Critchley as 'probably the greatest neurologist of all time'. He lived in England in the late 19th century, and during his illustrious career was responsible for discovering the first removable spine tumour, inventing the patella hammer, and writing the two-volume Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System (1886, 1888), which is still used today.

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Key Figures in Neurology - 100-year Anniversary Collection

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the deaths of two of the most well renowned figures in neurology, Henry Charlton Bastian (1837 - 1915) and Aloysius "Alois" Alzheimer (1864 - 1915). This collection brings together articles published in Brain, both by and about them, free to access online until the 30th of November.

Bastian was an important pioneer of neurology, discovering the anterior spinocerebellar tract of the spinal cord, and showing that a complete cut on the upper spinal cord removes reflexes and muscular tone below the lesion. 


Alzheimer is primarily known for the discovery of the disease that was later named after him by Emil Kraepelin. Alzheimer identified the 'unusual disease of the cerebral cortex' in 51-year-old patient Auguste Deter, who presented with memory loss, disorientation, and many other symptoms that are now associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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Erin Golden and Keith A. Josephs discuss the phenomenon of musical hallucinations and their relationship to neurological disease.
Scrutinizing the script of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’​
Deborah Thorpe and Jane Alty discuss the potential neurological disorders that could have affected the medieval writer known as the 'Tremulous Hand of Worcester'.
Tamar Makin explains how the brain reacts to losing a limb, the cause of the pain, and potential ways of treating it.
Robert Turner and Jörn-Henrik Jacobsen discuss the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and music
Laura McWhirter and Jon Stone talk about the impact of electrotherapy on neurological symptoms.
Caroline Skirrow and Torsten Baldeweg discuss the effect of brain surgery on children with epilepsy.

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