Dear P&S Readers,
The day before the Neurological Institute opened on East 67th Street, the New York Times announced in a headline nearly 100 years ago, “NEW NERVE HOSPITAL TO OPEN TO-MORROW.” Subheads further described the importance of the opening: “The Neurological Institute Will Have Wards and a Clinic to Treat Patients Free”/“A New Departure Here”/“Modern Hospital Building Will Have Full Equipment for the Relief of All Forms of Nervous Disease.”
The year was 1909, and this year we celebrate the centennial of what has become known as the Neurological Institute of New York, which moved to our medical center in 1929. This issue has two articles that launch the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Institute. One is a look back at one of the early practitioners of neurology, Dr. Moses Allen Starr. The article about Dr. Starr, a profile of him in context of the midtown architecture important in his time, was written by a Neurological Institute house staff alumnus.
The second article our cover story in this issue is more forward-looking and recounts the progress being made and soon to be made in brain cancer. Progress in treating brain tumors has made our researchers, surgeons, and physicians optimistic about what the next few years will bring. They are hopeful that they can move brain cancer from today's grim category to one of long-term management, similar to the way AIDS treatment has evolved.
Both articles instill pride in P&S, one in recalling the historical importance of Columbia medicine in New York City, the other sharing the optimism of our talented faculty as they work on a currently intractable disease in today's Neurological Institute.
With best wishes,
Lee Goldman, M.D., Dean