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September 12, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(11):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730110047029

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To the Editor:  —Every one interested in neurology and the surgery of the nervous system takes pleasure in according to Sir Victor Horsley recognition of his remarkable services to medicine. We have not failed to give recognition to him in his connection with the division of the sensory root of the gasserian ganglion.In a paper published in the Philadelphia Medical Journal, Oct. 25, 1902, the history and operation in a case described as "one successful case" are given (Frazier), and a claim is made for the superiority of this operation over complete extirpation of the ganglion.In a paper published by us in the University of Pennsylvania Medical Bulletin, December, 1901, and also in the Philadelphia Medical Journal, the statement is made (Spiller): "I believe that Horsley is the only one who before Dr. Frazier has divided the roots of the trigeminal nerve without removing the ganglion. Horsely avulsed

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