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It is unnecessary to review the history and results of this operation, recent medical literature having treated this subject quite fully. We believe, however, that the diversified and, at times, unsatisfactory results of this operation are to be attributed to the difficulty of localizing definite roots after the spinal canal and dura are opened, the difficulty of localizing the seat of the disease from the neurologic examination, and the fact that cases suitable for this operation have not always been selected.
—H. T., a white woman, married, housewife, aged 50, entered the University Hospital, May 23, 1911. The patient complained of pain in the back, around the waist and in both legs, sharp, shooting in character, of almost constant duration, and of severe vomiting spells which occurred in paroxysms and followed each other at short intervals, causing great prostration and severe pain in the abdomen.The duration
WINSLOW R, SPEAR IJ. SECTION OF POSTERIOR SPINAL NERVEROOTS FOR RELIEF OF GASTRIC CRISES AND ATHETOID AND CHOREIFORM MOVEMENTS: REPORT OF TWO CASES. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):238–240. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010240002
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