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January 1990

Harvey Cushing Operates on a Child With Tuberculosis of the Spine

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurosurgery The Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(1):17-19. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250019016

Sir.—We report the case of a child who presented to The Children's Hospital of Boston (Mass) in 1923 with tuberculosis of the spine and was operated on by the father of American neurosurgery, Dr Harvey Cushing.

Patient Report.—The patient was a 6-year-old girl with a 5-year history of an increasing upper thoracic kyphosis admitted with subacute progressive paraparesis. She had a double-positive Wasserman reaction, and spine roentgenograms showed questionable "luetic" bony lesions with lateral curve to the kyphos and complete lower-extremity sensory and motor loss with active spinal reflexes. The child initially underwent treatment with the Alpine lamp and arsphenamine

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