The 2009 Dr. Lawrence McHenry Award for contributions to the history of neurology will be awarded to Dr. Jock Murray of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is one of the major awards of the Academy and will be presented to Dr. Murray when he delivers his Award Lecture on “Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Stroke” at the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 29, 2009.
Over the last 30 years Professor Murray has researched and published on Dr. Samuel Johnson’s knowledge of medicine and science, his personal medical problems and the circle of physicians around Johnson, and it is fitting to have his lecture in 2009, the 300th anniversary of Johnson’s birth.
Dr. Murray, Professor Emeritus, is a former board member and Vice President of the Academy. A former Dean of Medicine, Chairman Emeritus of the American College of Physicians, past president of the American Osler Society and past president of many other Canadian and American medical organizations, he has been the recipient of awards for his contributions to medical history, medical humanities, research in multiple sclerosis and to neurological education. He received the A.B. Baker Award from the American Academy of Neurology for contributions to neurological education. He founded the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine in 1981 and is a past president of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, and awarded the Neilson Award for Medical history from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine.
Dr. Murray is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University and remains active in the Medical Humanities Program he initiated in 1992. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and member of the Order of Nova Scotia.
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