Jerome B. Posner

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Jerome B. Posner is an American neurologist and co-author of Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma.[1]Dr. Posner graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in 1951 and continued there to pursue a degree in medicine which was awarded in 1955.[2]

Dr. Posner has served as chief of the Neuro-Psychiatry Service of the Department of Medicine, chair of the Department of Neurology and currently occupies the George Cotzias Chair of Neuro-Oncology and is professor of neurology and neuroscience at Cornell University Medical College. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and served on the advisory council of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS).[3] Dr. Posner is also well known for his current research on paraneoplastic disease[4] at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he has been a faculty member since 1967.[3]

Along with his contemporary, Dr. Fred Plum, he helped to developed guidelines to help determine how to best treat comatose patients, writing The Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma in 1966, a work described by neurologist Marcus Raichle as having "put stupor and coma on the map as an important consideration in neurology".[5]


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  4. ^ Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Altman, Lawrence K. "Fred Plum, Neurologist Who Helped Coin ‘Persistent Vegetative State,’ Dies at 86", The New York Times, June 11, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2010.