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I have published 8 books, 2 Epilepsia supplements and over 250 articles since 1962, covering the fields of epilepsy, neurology, neuropsychiatry, metabolic diseases (mainly folate and vitamin B12), and history of medicine, neurology, psychiatry, epilepsy and the NHS.

The most recent publications are:

The origins and early development of the ILAE/IBE/WHO global campaign against epilepsy: Out of the shadows.

Epilepsia Open 2023 23rd October

Abstract: The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)/International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE)/World Health Organization (WHO) Global Campaign Against Epilepsy was launched in Geneva and Dublin in the summer of 1997. The second phase of the Campaign was launched by a major event in Geneva, led by WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland in February 2001. Since then, the Campaign has been gathering momentum around the world culminating in the WHO General Assembly Resolution (WHA 68.20) on Epilepsy in May 2015 supported by 194 countries. Recently, the World Federation of Neurology and other neurological non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have joined forces with the Epilepsy Campaign, leading to the WHO General Assembly Resolution (WHA 73.10) in May 2022 promoting a 10-year Intersectoral Global Action Plan (IGAP) for Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders. I was privileged to serve as the first Chairperson of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy and this year all my documents and correspondence relating to the Campaign have been delivered to the Wellcome Collection in London. These are the basis for this detailed account of the origins and early development of the Campaign. I describe the events leading to the birth of the concept, planning for the Campaign, the launch, development, and the achievements of phase one. This first phase focused on awareness raising, education, and involvement, especially within WHO, ILAE, and IBE, including a series of five Regional Public Health meetings and Declarations on Epilepsy. In 1999, the WHO raised the status of the Campaign to the highest level, the first ever for a Non-Communicable Disease, resulting in the high profile launch of phase two in 2001, paving the way to the continuing global momentum and achievements, including the 2015 and 2022 WHO Resolutions.

John Hughlings Jackson and Thomas Laycock: Brain and Mind.

World Neurology, 2023 August-September

John Hughlings Jackson and Thomas Laycock: Brain and Mind – Laycocks influence on British Neuropsychiatry

Royal College of Psychiatrists 2023 November p18

Health effects of poor housing : Medical profession has a role

British Medical Journal 2023 20th May; 381: p1043

Dear BMJ Editor,

Dobson asks why it’s fallen to the medical community to act on the detrimental health effects of poor housing (Editor’s Choice, 1 April).

For most of the past century the medical profession has acted on the effects of poor housing. My father, a GP, was the medical officer of health for an urban district council in Monmouthshire. He worked with two councillors to ensure the health of the community in the home, school, and workplace. Annual reports from medical officers of health improved local housing and influenced housing policy.

Sadly, public health has been greatly run down and centralised. Medical officers of health no longer exist, and GPs rarely visit homes. Taking a social history was one of the first things I learnt in medical school. There is, and should be, a role for the medical profession in acting on the health effects of poor housing. The profession needs reminding of this.

Edward H. Reynolds, consultant neurologist, London

Subject: Health Warning

Letter published in the Times newspaper 2022 23rd December

Sir, I worked for 54 years in the frontline of the NHS at tertiary, secondary and primary levels (Health Warning, December 21st). It is clear to me that standards of care have been falling since the NHS and Community Care Act of 1990, when Service principles were subordinated to or in constant tension with Business and market principles. Since then the NHS has become increasingly centralised and bureaucratic. Collaboration, communication and continuity of care have been undermined, with increasing concerns about patient safety and staff morale, aggravated by increased demands and inappropriately reduced capacity. Among the solutions should be a return to a predominantly professionally led and locally organised Service with Government support as envisaged and implemented by Aneurin Bevan and the founders of the NHS.

Edward Reynolds
Dr. Edward H. Reynolds MD FRCP FRCPsych

Former Consultant Neurologist to the Maudsley and Kings College Hospitals, Epsom Hospital and the Integrated Care Partnership, Epsom.

Past President of the International League Against Epilepsy

How to avoid harmful national quarantines: primary care led local public health: a historical perspective.

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2022; 115:12-15