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April 1994

The First Carotid Endarterectomy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

Arch Surg. 1994;129(4):454-455. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420280132018

In May 1957, the American Surgical Association met in Chicago, Ill. An article by Lyons and Galbraith1 titled "Surgical Treatment of Atherosclerotic Occlusion of the Internal Carotid Artery" attracted the attention of the surgeons from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md, who were attending the meeting. It was discussed with the staff of The Johns Hopkins Hospital sometime later. Several members of The Johns Hopkins Hospital surgical staff were active in the expanding field of arterial surgery. Henry Bahnson, MD, was developing effective surgical treatment of massive aortic aneurysms, and Frank Spencer, MD, had recently returned from Korea where he had pioneered primary reconstruction for arterial injuries. Another stimulating member of the young surgical faculty was David C. Sabiston, Jr, MD. At some time in the subsequent few months, I discussed the possibility of surgical treatment for impending stroke with W. P. McInnis, MD, a senior resident in neurology, who

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