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May 25, 1970

Reflections on 21 Years' Experience With the Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From Cleveland Clinic.

JAMA. 1970;212(8):1365-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170210069012

At the 99th annual meeting of the American Medical Association in 1950, I presented a report entitled "Spontaneous Compression of the Median Nerve at the Wrist," before the section on Orthopedic Surgery.1 The report based on my experience with 11 patients with compression neuropathy of the median nerve at the wrist, was discussed by Walter Graham, MD, of Santa Barbara, Calif; Clarence Luckey, MD, of Stockton, Calif; and Sterling Bunnel, MD, of San Francisco. The report described a clinical syndrome unknown to almost all of the physicians attending that meeting.

During the next six years, I continued to diagnose and treat patients with carpal-tunnel syndrome. With a series of 71 patients, I believed I could speak with some authority on the cause and the proper treatment of the condition. I again turned to the section on Orthopedic Surgery to present these data and statistics, during the 105th annual meeting