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To the Editor:—
Granted, I erred, even according to the nomenclature which was my authority, in stating there is only one recurrent nerve. There are two. And Dr. Oscar V. Batson's cross tabulation (The Journal, November 6, p. 1562) confirms my contention that "the BNA does (not) recognize the recurrent laryngeal nerve." The nerve under consideration is so designated in the British nomenclature. I might add here that Dr. Batson's tabulation also demonstrates to me the futility of quibbling about names in view of the confusion resulting from differing terminologies. However, the BNA, being the consensus of an international congress, may be expected to be more authoritative than the classification of any national group.A recurrent nerve is one that retraces its course in arriving at its insertion. Neither the maxillary nor the mandibular nor the "many other recurrent meningeal nerves" are recurrent in its anatomic connotation, Dr. Wharton Young
Quinlan JF. THE RECURRENT LARYNGEAL NERVE. JAMA. 1937;109(25):2086-2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780510060024