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July 25, 1959

Surgery of the Sympathetic Nervous System

JAMA. 1959;170(13):1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130117040

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In this concise, readable book the drawings are simple and pertinent to the text. The author has had over 30 years' experience with surgery of the sympathetic nervous system and is well aware of its limitations. The section on anatomy and physiology is brief and well organized. The description of Raynaud's disease is excellent and the limitations in surgical treatment are given. The various operations for essential hypertension are discussed and realistic criteria on which patients should be selected for this operation are given. Other conditions discussed include hyperhidrosis, causalgia, and pain. The technique of sympathectomy is described and illustrated. The author's purpose in writing this book was to indicate that there is a rational basis for every sympathectomy and he has succeeded. This book should have its greatest use by those surgeons who are frequently asked to consider one of the operations on the various parts of the sympathetic

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