Item VF04169-B120-F04169-i03 - Interview with William M. Landau, MD for the American Academy of Neurology Oral History Project; Victor W. Henderson, MD, and Barbara W. Sommer, interviewers; August 10, 2012. PDF.

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Interview with William M. Landau, MD for the American Academy of Neurology Oral History Project; Victor W. Henderson, MD, and Barbara W. Sommer, interviewers; August 10, 2012. PDF.

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(1924-2017)

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William M. Landau was born just a few blocks from Washington University in 1924. He started college at the University of Chicago in 1941, but the United States' entry into World War II accelerated his college career, and after just two years, he returned to St. Louis to begin medical studies at Washington University School of Medicine. He was 18. Landau completed medical school in 1947 and joined the neurology faculty in 1954. He was named professor emeritus 58 years later and continued conducting research into his 90s.

Landau was a professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1954 to 2012 and served as head of the Department of Neurology from 1970 to 1991. He was the longest-serving faculty member at the School of Medicine. Landau specialized in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, but his interests ranged widely. With Frank Kleffner, PhD, of the Central Institute of the Deaf, he identified and described Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a rare disorder in which children lose the ability to speak and respond to language. He also studied how patients fared who were revived with CPR after their hearts had stopped beating, and concluded that the risk of severe, debilitating brain damage was underappreciated. He advocated for more limited use of the procedure.

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(1948-)

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The American Academy of Neurology is a medical professional society established in 1948 by A.B. Baker of the University of Minnesota.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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