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May 9, 1977

"CVA" and the Lexicon of Medicine

JAMA. 1977;237(19):2036. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270460022006

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To the Editor.—  I was pleased to see the letter in the November 22 issue (236:2390) entitled "Let's Do Away with CVA," by Dr Adelson of Cleveland. I certainly agree with the author, and I have done my part to rid us of this terminology.The purpose of this letter, however, is to give credit to Dr John A. Wagner, Professor of Neuropathology Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, for originating the statement "let's do away with CVA." I remember fondly during 1957 to 1961, when I was a student of Dr Wagner's, the extremely erudite teaching sessions on this subject. It was Dr Wagner's abilities as a teacher that influenced me greatly in choosing neurological surgery as a specialty.