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The frequency, severity and want of remedial relief from trifacial neuralgia has prompted a most extended research, not only into the literature but also the pathologic conditions of the minute structures involved, as determined from an experimental point of view; and as a report of the case operated upon by myself in July, 1896, was made within several weeks of the operation, I will make but casual mention of the condition found within those few weeks. It is, however, gratifying to state that the good results derived from that operation have been permanent.
Before entering upon the experimental feature it is necessary to understand that the anatomy of the dog is practically the same as that of the human being. Especially is this so in reference to the arterial and nervous system of the head and neck, and even the sympathetic system in this region is but little, if at
RICKETTS BM. LIGATION OF THE COMMON CAROTID ARTERY FOR TRIFACIAL NEURALGIA WITH EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS UPON DOGS.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(16):772-773. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440420006002