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June 9, 1956

Regeneration In the Central Nervous System by Thirty-Three Contributors

JAMA. 1956;161(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970060078026

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Since the end of World War II, there has been a renewed interest in the problem of regeneration of nervous tissue within the central nervous system. One of the reasons for this reevaluation of an old problem is the survival of so many paraplegics who, despite the trauma to their spinal cords, have recovered from urinary infection, which was the common cause of death prior to the era of antibiotics. Previous studies have now been reassessed and much new work done on laboratory animals with improved techniques of suture and asepsis. There is much evidence for regeneration of the spinal cord in animals, and a number of convincing experiments are reported in this book. The condition in man, however, is less satisfactory, possibly because the nature of the trauma makes the operation more difficult than in animals. It is not easy to realign a broken, crushed spinal cord without setting

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