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August 27, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(9):687-691. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690090037011

My purpose in this paper is to report a series of thirty cases in which I performed laminectomy, and to ask consideration for an operation proposed for the relief of a part of the paralysis due to fractures and dislocations of the vertebrae.

It is conceded that the number of cases is small, but it is believed that they may be of some statistical value.

The operations were performed for fracture-dislocation of the spine in fourteen cases; paralysis due to tuberculous spondylitis, seven; tumors of the spinal canal, three; bullet in the spinal canal, two; Foerster's operation for cerebral paraplegia, two; congenital defect of the spine, with spondylolisthesis, one, and extradural abscess, one.

CASES OF PARALYSIS DUE TO POTT'S DISEASE  In the cases of paralysis due to Pott's disease, operation was performed only after a long period of careful, conservative treatment by complete recumbency in bed, usually on a Bradford

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