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July 1921

THE COURSE OF RECOVERY FOLLOWING TRAUMA OF THE SPINAL CORD

Author Affiliations

BOSTON; RICHMOND, VA.
From the Surgical Service of Lieut.-Col. Frazier, U. S. A. General Hospital No. 11, Cape May, N. J.

Arch Surg. 1921;3(1):132-139. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1921.01110070145007

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Abstract

This paper is written not with the idea of presenting new facts in regard to. spinal cord injuries but with the intention of emphasizing by graphic methods the usual course of recovery in these cases. So much careful work on the symptomatology and physiology of spinal cord lesions has been published recently that the reader is referred to the papers by Riddock, Head, and Holmes for this material.

For this study, twenty patients with spinal cord injury were selected as they were admitted to U. S. Army General Hospital No. 11 between Oct. 1, 1918, and Feb. 1, 1919. Their histories were analyzed, repeated physical examinations were made, and the general condition of the patient was followed in a routine way. A short summary of each case is given herewith:

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—History.—N. K. was wounded, Sept. 26, 1918, by a piece of an aerial bomb

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