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January 6, 1900


Author Affiliations

Assistant Visiting Surgeon, Boston City Hospital; Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):12-20. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610010012001b

The following cases of laminectomy, eighteen operations on seventeen patients are reported in the hope that they may furnish some encouragement for interference in one of the most interesting if discouraging fields for surgical operation, and because the writer is convinced that by a simplification of the technique the operation risk is much lessened, and that in the midst of numerous failures, so far as the power of giving life is concerned, occasionally a brilliant success is possible, while in certain other conditions, relief of suffering and prolongation of life is sure to follow. Furthermore, instead of the field for operation becoming narrower, there is every reason to believe that new and untried conditions may be amenable to surgical interference.

For most complete and invaluable neurologic data, the writer is indebted, in twelve of the cases, to Dr. William N. Bullard, whose interest and judgment have ever been most helpful

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