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April 13, 1901


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery, N. Y. Post-Graduate Medical School; Attending Surgeon, Post-Graduate Hospital, and to the Babies Wards: Attending Surgeon, St. Francis' Hospital. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(15):1011-1014. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470150007002

In considering the subject of the surgery of the spine, it must be remembered that when I wrote my former papers, in 1891 and 1892, certain propositions were still debatable which have now been distinctly settled, so that we are able to reach much more definite conclusions. In my paper on "Laminectomy for Pott's Disease with Paraplegia," after tabulating 75 cases, I said that personally I could not see any very brilliant future for it. It can be applicable to less than 50 per cent of the cases of Pott's disease, as proved by the statistics of Gibney and Myers, and even in this small number its application is limited again to those cases where the compression has not produced a complete degeneration of the cord. Still, it is not by any means to be relegated to the obsolete class of operations. It has a place, and that place, I