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August 7, 1926

Chirurgie du sympathique. Chirurgie du tonus musculaire. La section des rameaux communicants.

JAMA. 1926;87(6):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680060058037

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It is astonishing how many monographs on surgical subjects could be published if one described the gross anatomy of the parts, reviewed only a part of the literature on the physiology of the subject, wrote engagingly of the surgical technic, and for seasoning added a small number of clinical cases, the majority of which have already been recorded by others. The enjoyment one gets from this monograph comes from speculating just how far one man's (Langelaan's) misconstruction and misinterpretation of Sherrington's work and his own loosely controlled experiments, the majority of which have been proved to be erroneous, will lead the surgical profession astray. Here is an example of a repetition as facts of statements which the authors evidently fully accept but have no intention of attempting to corroborate themselves; an example of finding a loophole to escape observations that do not fit in with the scheme of things. This

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