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<< Transient Ischemic Attack: An Evidence-Based Update (Stroke CME)

History And Definition

Although our understanding of TIA continues to evolve, the concept is not new. Descriptions of fleeting events preceding stroke date back to the writings of Sir Thomas Willis, MD, credited for (among other things) coining the term “neurology” and describing the vascular circle at the base of the brain that bears his name.4 The clinical phenomenon of TIA remained unnamed until the fourth Princeton Cerebrovascular Disease Conference in 1965, when the term TIA emerged, thanks in part to the effort of C. Miller Fisher, MD.5

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