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Bernard Jacob Alpers

Born  1900
Died  1981

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American neurosurgeon, born 1900, Salem, Massachusetts; died 1981.

Biography of Bernard Jacob Alpers

Bernard Jacob Alpers was educated at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. After graduating from Harvard in 1923 he went to Europe for advanced training in neuropathology, working with Alfons Maria Jakob (1884-1931) in Hamburg. He subsequently began working in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1939 became head of the Department of Nervous and Mental Disease at Jefferson Medical College, where he soon established an independent department of neurology. In his private time he enjoyed music and he had a life-long interest in religion.

We thank Jeremy Stein for information submitted.


  • Clinical Neurology.
    Philadelphia, Davis, 1945. xii, 797 pages. Also 1946.
    2nd edition, Philadelphia, 1949. xvi, 846 pages.
  • Essentials of the neurological examination.
  • Alpers and Mancall's Essentials of the Neurologic Examination.

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