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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, June 19 and 26, the relationship of the sympathetic nervous system to the surgery of spastic paralysis as advocated by myself is discussed. There are a few comments I should like to add to the discussion. In the first case, Dr. Steindler struck the right note when he suggested that the investigation should be investigated. Let me deal first of all with the statements of Drs. Forbes and Cobb. They are evidently unfamiliar with my original paper, or they would not make the statement that Hunter's theory and experiments preceded the operative treatment. As a matter of fact, with my first paper (A New Operative Procedure in the Treatment of Spastic Paralysis and Its Experimental Basis, M. J. Australia1:77 [Jan. 26] 1924) John I. Hunter (The Postural Influence of the Sympathetic Innervation of Voluntary Muscle, M. J. Australia1:86 [Jan. 26]
N. D. Royle. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF SPASTIC PARALYSIS BY SYMPATHETIC RAMISECTION. JAMA. 1926;87(11):868–869. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680110068032