Division of Critical Care Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
This chapter explains the selection of research papers that made an impact to the field of neurocritical care. The papers mentioned in this book are all novel observations, techniques, or first clinical trials. The criteria for a credible contribution are further described.
In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurred.
— Sir William Osler
The need for this book may need further justification and its title may generate some questions. What are the objective criteria for “famous” and how does one determine whether a place in the pantheon is assured? Is there such a thing as a pantheon? When is a paper uncompromisingly the first one and is there not some arbitrariness? Is the clinical trial the first paper, or is it the first case report or cohort that prompted the clinical trial? This book will answer these questions in some detail, but we all would agree that these papers changed everything what came later. Some observations became eponyms, others modified or altered practice, and many brought about further search for a cause and treatment.