JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
Opportunity for investigation along this line is scarce. In the experiments
made during operations on the skull or spinal column, the results are necessarily
clouded by the action of the anesthetic, and still more by the tumor, or compression
of the organ for which the operation has been undertaken. In healthy normal
conditions experimentation can be made only during the few moments which immediately
succeed the severing of the head from the body. Permission for such investigation
is almost always withheld by the authorities, and public clamor would certainly
be directed against investigation. In spite of this, however, Prof. A.
Hoche1 describes two such experiments made by himself
upon decapitated criminals—in the one case three minutes, and in the
other two minutes, following decapitation.
EXPERIMENTATION ON THE CORD AFTER DECAPITATION.. JAMA. 2000;284(7):808. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.808