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Article
August 10, 1889

THE MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECT OF CONCUSSION OF THE SPINE.

Author Affiliations

GALESBURG, ILL.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(6):188-194. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440040008002
Abstract

The facts stated in this paper are drawn solely from my own experience as a surgeon—being cases resulting from or suggested to the patient by accidents; cases in which all objective signs of injury, if any ever existed, had passed away; cases in which the question of supposed or alleged concussion of the spine were under observation from a medico-legal aspect; cases in which compensation for personal injury was sought. In bringing this paper to your notice I do so with a feeling somewhat of duty. It is plainly evident to all thinking, practical surgeons that the question of the concussion of the spinal cord, if such a disease can exist, has become a matter of business interest—a business transaction in which the extent of the disease or injury is to be determined in the currency of the country. I say this, because of my experience during the last twenty

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