—H. M., aged 24, a Stanford student, very muscular and athletic, while performing in the gymnasium was tumbling over a horse 2 to 3 feet high. He had taken hold of the saddle, flexed his head and neck, and was in the act of going over when his hands slipped off the saddle. His feet being in the air he fell to the mat on the same side of the horse from which he started. He landed on the left side of the head, with the neck completely flexed and was picked up by the boys in the gymnasium and found to be completely paralyzed from the neck down. He was entirely conscious, and complained of some pain in the neck. He had difficult and asthmatic breathing and a weak pulse. Dr. Mosher, who was near at hand, had him placed on one of the stiff mats and with
WILLIAMS TM. FRACTURE OF THE CERVICAL SPINE. JAMA. 1911;LVII(4):283–285. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070287007
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