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September 19, 1942


Author Affiliations

Toronto 5, Canada. Department of Anatomy, University of Toronto.

JAMA. 1942;120(3):226. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380058025

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To the Editor:—  To those of your subscribers who are inter ested in poliomyelitis I wish to make an appeal.What seems to be a promising line of attack is being seriously hampered by lack of material. Spinal cords from cases of the disease, acute and even more particularly chronic, are needed. Therefore I beg that any one reading this letter will bear me in mind if the possibility of obtaining any such cord should come his way. Far from being a mere incidental, a single cord would be of major value. Accordingly the appeal is made especially to individual physicians and surgeons and to small hospitals which cannot be reached otherwise. Requirements are intact cords, or intact upper or lower halves; dura left on, but slit up back for good fixation; cord may be cut into equal thirds for convenience. Fixation preferably with 2 per cent glacial acetic acid

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