Birth of child neurology in different parts of the world
In the late 1960s, a child neurologist from the Free Uni-versity of Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Sabine Pelc (1921–1989), (Fig. 1) perceived the need for a world-wide forum for neurologists whose focus was the care of children with neu-rologic conditions. In order to fill this need, she set about visiting various European and American countries in order to identify other child neurologists. I met her in 1969 when she visited the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presby-terian Medical Center in New York, where the National Institute of Neurologic Diseases and Blindness of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had supported a training program for child neurologists since 1956 under the direc-torship of Dr. Sidney Carter. She had already identified a number of fully trained child neurologists in Europe, Japan and Latin America before coming to the USA.