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James Ramsay Hunt

Born 1872
Died 1937

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American neurologist, born 1872, Philadelphia; died July 22, 1937, Katonah, New York.

Biography of James Ramsay Hunt

James Ramsay Hunt graduated M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1893. He then studied in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin and returned to practise neurology in New York, working at Cornell University Medical School from 1900-1910 with Charles Loomis Dana (1852–1935). He did major research on the anatomy and disorders of the corpus striatum and the extra-pyramidal system. He was consulting physician at several New York hospitals and was appointed professor of neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, in 1924.

THE ARTIST’S PRECEPT
"I would not paint a face
Or rocks or streams or trees –
Mere semblances of things –
But something more than these.
I would not play a tune
Upon the sheng or lute,
Which did not also sing
Meanings that else were mute.
That art is best which gives
To the soul’s range no bound;
Something beside the form,
Something beyond the sound.

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