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March 28, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(13):1029-1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310390027002i

The literature of the surgery of the peripheral nerves is fairly voluminous, but, instead of being indexed under any one caption in the Index Medicus, it is scattered through the various subheadings of surgery. This renders it difficult to cover the ground completely.

In the case reports, of which the literature largely consists, the results are usually stated in such general terms as to be of little value for a study aiming to evolve the best technic for the treatment of the different types of cases. This difficulty is not hard to understand if it be remembered that the results from nerve surgery are late in appearing (1 to 2 years), and that it is almost impossible to keep track of the patients and maintain their interest sufficiently to permit of frequent systematic examinations for record. For these very reasons the postoperative record of the case reported in this paper