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April 9, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(15):1161-1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150007003

The effort to treat hypertension by surgical as well as medical means is a development of recent years. While the theoretical basis of certain operations used is insecure, some of the results obtained are worthy of serious study. Two operations among the many proposed appear most likely to be of some value. These are resection of the. anterior spinal nerve roots1 and resection of the splanchnic nerves.2

Three and one-half years ago Dr. George Heuer of the New York Hospital and I decided to study intensively the effects of these two operations on patients with hypertension. A plan was put into effect whereby the patients were studied for a long period in the Rockefeller Hospital and transferred to the New York Hospital for operation by Dr. Heuer. They were then returned for further study. In this manner we believed that the study would be as objective as possible.

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