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June 21, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(25):1626. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480250020006

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Nerve suture is a recognized surgical procedure, though it is not so very long since it wore off its novelty, so that its literature ceased to grow with every successful repetition of the operation. It is a long step, however, though perhaps not an unanticipated one, from nerve suture to suture of the spinal cord itself. We know that nerve fibers regenerate in the peripheral portion of a severed nerve, but this does not prove that they would effectively do so in the more complicated nerve center, though the course of certain surgical lesions suggests the possibility. Experimental results on animals have, however, pointed to the probability of such occurrence. In the Philadelphia Medical Journal of June 7, Drs. F. T. Stewart and R. H. Harte report a case that is especially noteworthy as demonstrating this fact under conditions as convincing as those of the best conducted experiment. The patient,

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