Dr. Shunsuke Ohtahara (1930–2013) remembered

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  • J. Gordon Millichap M.D.,

    1. Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
    2. Division of Neurology and the Epilepsy Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
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  • John J. Millichap M.D.

    1. Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
    2. Division of Neurology and the Epilepsy Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
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To the Editor:

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Shunsuke Ohtahara.

In the ILAE website, Dr. Yoko Ohtsuka provides an excellent account of Dr. Ohtahara's life, his contributions to pediatric neurology and especially the field of infantile encephalopathies and epilepsy. Also, his gracious personality and hospitality are acknowledged in the warm welcome he extended the many visitors to the Child Neurology department that he founded in Okayama University, Japan.

We were fortunate to be his guests in 1986. Apart from the fascination with his extensive collection of cameras, his conversion of patients' medical records from paper to electronic was an interest in advance of his time. Although Dr. Ohtahara will be remembered foremost for his description and report of the early infantile encephalopathy with suppression burst (Ohtahara et al., 1976) subsequently accorded the eponymous title “Ohtahara syndrome,” his friends and colleagues will not forget his many other contributions as a teacher and his interest in advancing the specialty of pediatric neurology, epilepsy and electroencephalography.

Dr. Ohtahara will be missed by the members of his family, to whom we express our sincere condolences at his loss, and by his colleagues in Japan and abroad, students and fellow investigators.

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