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May 16, 1891

THE THERAPEUTICAL VALUE OF SUSPENSION IN DISEASES OF THE SPINAL CORD.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(20):707-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410720023008

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Abstract

It cannot yet be said that the question of the utility of suspension in treating patients afflicted with posterior spinal sclerosis, as well as some other diseases of the spinal cord, is settled. Conflicting reports are still published regarding the influence the procedure exercises on the spinal cord; some accepting Horsley's experiments that showed it was impossible to stretch the cord during life by any manipulation; and during the past year Dr. James Cogney published a paper in which he reported experiments on the living and dead subject that showed that a total shortening of the spinal cord was obtained in suspension, that in the lumbar region the cord was unaffected or slightly relaxed, in the cervical region the membranes were slightly stretched, and in the dorsal region the cord was shortened; hence sus pension caused relaxation, not stretching, and the former possibly acted mechanically by breaking down adhesions and

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