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My personal experience with the surgery of the spinal cord embraces the following cases:
—G. W. V., male, 31 years, April 19, 1888, while working at the bottom of an elevator shaft, the car descended upon him, striking the back of his head and shoulders, doubling him over forward with great force and producing fracture of the 11th and 12th dorsal and 1st lumbar vertebræ. He immediately became paraplegic, the bladder and rectum being involved in the paralysis. He was carried to his home and put to bed. November 1, more than six months after the injury, I examined him. He had some troublesome bed-sores in the region of the sacrum and hips and had been confined to his bed ever since the accident. I treated him by extension and plaster-of-Paris jacket, which he wore for more than a year. A zone of plaster-of-Paris, in which iron staples
WYETH JA. PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN SPINAL SURGERY.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1052-1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740004002a