A Focus On: 50 years of the Contemporary Neurology Series


50 years of the Contemporary Neurology Series



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In 1966, the first edition of The Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma was published in what would become the cornerstone of the neurology publishing program at Oxford University Press and, arguably, the cornerstone of the modern neurology series. This ground-breaking volume was also the inaugural volume in the “Contemporary Neurology Series” with its author, Fred Plum, MD, serving as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the series for the next thirty years (1966 – 1996). 


50 years and 90 volumes later, the Contemporary Neurology Series remains intrinsically linked to Oxford University Press; that first volume on stupor and coma was signed by then-commissioning editor R. Kenneth Bussy. 50 years later, the series is marketed and promoted by Mr Bussy’s son, Greg Bussy, Marketing Director for US Medicine.


The series continued to build upon that first volume published 50 years ago by publishing volumes that cover all facets of neurologic disorders, by world-renowned authors and editors, providing a balanced mix of text, tables and figures to present each neurologic topic in a comprehensive and clear manner.  By integrating both basic and clinical research, the series has established itself as the go-to resource for trainees, practitioners, academicians, and physicians in a variety of interrelated disciplines. 

Over the years, the series has published classics such as Leigh and Zee’s The Neurology of Eye Movement Disordersnow in its 5th edition, Clinical Neurophysiology, 4th Edition (Rubin and Daube), Seizures and Epilepsy by Pete Engel, and in 2017, the release of the fifth edition of Plum and Posner’s Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma (Saper, Schiff, Claassen, and Posner), and many others.

In 2014, the Contemporary Neurology Series reached another milestone: with only its third Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Eva Feldman assuming the reigns of this classic series to position it for another 50 years of successful coverage of all manner of neurologic disorders. 

Craig Panner, Associate Editorial Director, US Medicine Books



Read featured chapters from this series:

Nonpharmacological Therapy of Seizures in Seizures and Epilepsy (2 ed.), Jerome Engel


Muscle Channelopathies in Evaluation and Treatment of Myopathies (2 ed.), Araya Puwanant and Robert C. Griggs


Paraneoplastic Syndromes in Neurologic Complications of Cancer (2 ed.), Lisa M. Deangelis and Jerome B. Posner


Gaze Holding and the Neural Integrator in The Neurology of Eye Movements (5 ed.), R. John Leigh and David S. Zee