The title of this essay requires some limitation. It is not our purpose to deal with surgical operations on the nerves, nor with resections for the cure of neuralgia, but to consider certain diagnostic relations of the peripheral nerves in the treatment of injuries.
A traumatism of the nerve is frequently overlooked. In an examination of an injured part the surgeon estimates the damage to blood vessels, joints, tendinous and muscular structures, but often fails to take into account the condition of the nerve; hence, a favorable prognosis is not borne out in the subsequent history of the case and the patient is dissatisfied. We have known of several malpractice suits due to a failure to estimate the injury to the nerves. All of these occurred in accidents involving the shoulder, in each case there was a dislocation without fracture, the bones were replaced and the statement was made to
MOYER HN. THE SURGICAL RELATIONS OF TRAUMATISM OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVES. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1043–1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480430025001g
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