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April 25, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(17):466-467. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390920018006

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At the meeting of the Clinical Society of London, on March 27, Mr. Mayo Robson, of Leeds, described four cases of spina bifida on which he had operated, exhibiting two of the patients. The first case upon which he operated was described in the British Medical Journal for March 24, 1883; it died one year after the operation from teething convulsions. At the site of the tumor there was only a linear scar. Of the cases presented to the society one was that of a sixteen-year-old girl, who had had the tumor tapped repeatedly, and at the time of the operation was apparently sinking from exhaustion. After reflecting the skin by a crucial incision, Mr. Robson excised the sac, and the cavity was drained for a few days. The patient was discharged cured at the end of twenty-four days, with the wound quite healed, and only a scar where the

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