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January 11, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820020068029

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To the Editor:—  In their article on the surgical treatment of hypertension (The Journal, Nov. 30, 1940, p. 1875) Peet, Woods and Braden state that bilateral supradiaphragmatic splanchnic nerve section and lower dorsal sympathetic ganglionectomy were first introduced into this country by Peet in 1933. Publications by Fenn and myself in the Annals of Internal Medicine (7:422 [Oct.] 1933 and 7:1201 [April] 1934) may easily have been overlooked by the authors. Later this operation was reported and illustrated in the Annals of Surgery (102:22 [July] 1935). Our first operation, as can be seen from the first publication, was done Oct. 22, 1932.There is, of course, no question of priority in the matter, as Pieri adequately described and illustrated this approach in 1930 (La cura chirurgica delle nevrosi gastriche, Belluno, Tipografia Editrice "La Cartolibraria"). Since these early operations, which were done for juvenile diabetes, we have used

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