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To the Editor:
—In a recent article by Dr. C. F. McClintic, "Treatment of Trophic Ulcers by Alcoholic Injection of the Blood Vessels" (The Journal, March 23), certain errors appear relative to the history of periarterial sympathectomy. Corrections are in order as priority is involved which, if it is to be accorded, should be accorded as justly as possible. The article states that in 1906 Jaboulay endeavored to produce vasodilatation in the lower extremity by denuding the femoral artery. He not only endeavored but succeeded and observed approximately the same effects that are currently reported today. Furthermore, Jaboulay was performing this and other operations on the sympathetic prior to 1898 (Lyon chirurgical). The exact dates I do not have at hand, but Leopold Oilier was still living (died in 1900) and his objections and comments were strangely similar to those that were to confront Leriche twenty years later.It is
De Groat AF. HISTORY OF PERIARTERIAL SYMPATHECTOMY. JAMA. 1929;92(17):1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700430072031