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December 16, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(25):2104. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640250058033

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, November 18, appeared a paper by Dr. Samuel Silbert, who states that to his knowledge the injection of alcohol into the nerves for the relief of pain in thrombo-angiitis obliterans has heretofore not been used. In the neurologic service of Dr. William M. Leszynsky at Lebanon Hospital, cases of thrombo-angiitis and allied conditions have been treated by a method similar to that advocated. For the last six years four or five cases have been treated in this manner with temporary relief. The principle of alcohol injection into nerves for the relief of pain is not new, as Dr. Silbert admits, and the injection into the anterior tibial, plantar nerves, etc., is not an unusual procedure in neurology.

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