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To the Editor:—
Recently there was a furor, mainly in lay publications, on the treatment of cerebrovascular accidents by injection of the stellate ganglions. These articles would have us believe that the results are miraculous and that we now have a simple treatment that offers spectacular results in a majority of cases, so that the dread fear of paralysis is no longer necessary. There is no differentiation made as to whether the stroke is due to hemorrhage or thrombosis, and the time element after the vascular accident is minimized.I have had sufficient experience with this method to deplore this publicity and to have seen some of the unpleasant results. There is no doubt that in cases of cerebral thrombosis the treatment is effective if it is done very soon after the onset. In these cases it is frequently also of value even after long periods of time, even up
Flothow PG. CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENTS. JAMA. 1951;145(6):429. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240065030