29 April 2009

Featured Neurologist: Wilfred Harris

Wilfred Harris (1869-1960) was born in Madras, India, the son of William Henry Harris, Surgeon General, India Medical Service. Educated at Cambridge and St. Mary’s Hospital, Harris qualified in 1894. Between 1901 and 1902, he was Resident at the National Hospital for Paralysis and Epilepsy, where he worked under John Hughlings Jackson and William Gowers. In 1905, Harris became Assistant Physician in St Mary’s Electricity Department, which converted in 1907 to the first Department of Neurology in the United Kingdom. In 1909, he became Full Physician. He also worked at Maida Vale Hospital for Nervous Diseases (1903-1945). During the First World War, this collector of silver spoons, was distinguished as Captain RAMC. He was known as a specialist in diseases of the nerves with interests in neuritis, facial neuralgia, and epilepsy. He was married with three children.

This article is part of an on-going series of biographies published in this blog.


  1. I wonder where all those spoons are now!

  2. The first complete description of cluster headache was given by Wilfred Harris in 1926. In his book "Neuritis and Neuralgia" he named the disease Ciliary (Migrainous) Neuralgia.

  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1966667/

    ... has some information where the spoons have gone ...

    1. i just want to thank you ´cause i need that information so much, so, thank you very much!!!!