Sidney Weinstein

Sidney Weinstein (1922 - 2010)

Sidney Weinstein (1922 – 2010) was and American neuroscientist and neuropsychologist.

Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Neuroscience for over 35 years, sculptor, writer and a devotee of Japanese style poetry

More than 150 publications in the fields of brain injury, skin sensitivity and the relationships between brain injury and cognitive function, though most significantly in the areas of phantom pain and phantom sensation.


Biography

  • Born 27 April 1922, New York City
  • 1943 – 1945 U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific Area during WW II
  • 1949 – BS in Psychology, City College of New York
  • 1951 – MA in Experimental Psychology, New York University. Thesis: “An analysis of the effect of texture-gradient, position in the field, and apparent size on the perception of depth
  • 1952 – PhD in Physiological Psychology, New York University. Thesis: “Time-error in somesthesis after injury to the nervous system”. Together with Josephine Semmes he developed the instrument now referred to as the Semmes-Weinstein Pressure Aesthesiometer, a calibrated series of nylon monofilaments inspired by the Von-Frey horse-hair instrument which permitted the quantification and classification of sensory loss in brain-injured patients.
  • 1958 – Director of the Neuropsychological Laboratory at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Studying pain in the phantom limb and other appendages in patients with amputations and spinal cord transections.
  • 1966 – Professor and Director, Neuropsychological Laboratory at New York Medical College. Studying electrical activity of the brain, particularly cortical evoked potentials in various conditions.
  • 1974 – Established the NeuroCommunication Research Laboratories (NCRL) in Danbury, Connecticut
  • 1975 – Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Neuroscience
  • Died November 2010

Medical Eponyms

  • Semmes-Weinstein Pressure Aesthesiometer (1958) a calibrated series of nylon monofilaments inspired by the Von-Frey horse-hair instrument which permitted the quantification and classification of sensory loss in brain-injured patients.
  • Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament.
  • Semmes-Weinstein monofilament examination [*Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test] Dr Josephine Semmes Evarts (1917-1998) was a neurophysiologist working at National Institutes of Health when the monofilament thresholds were first developed. According to Weinstein, he wanted to  honor Semmes by putting her name first on the test in recognition of how much he held her in esteem.
  • Weinstein Enhanced Sensory Test (WEST)

Major Publications

  • Semmes J, Weinstein S, Ghent L, Teuber HL. Somatosensory Changes after Penetrating Brain Wounds in Man. Harvard University Press. 1960
  • Weinstein S. Intensive and Extensive Aspects of Tactile Sensitivity as a Function of Body Part, Sex, and Laterality. In Kenshalo DR (Ed.), The Skin Senses. 1968: 195-222
  • Weinstein S Fifty years of somatosensory research: from the Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments to the Weinstein Enhanced Sensory Test. J Hand Ther. 1993 Jan-Mar;6(1):11-22; discussion 50. [PMID 8343870]

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