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I appear before you, gentlemen, not as a neurologist but as a general surgeon. No specialty is entirely isolated. The work of any of us should interest us more or less. The best specialist is he who is well posted on subjects besides those in his own particular line of work.
The nervous system is the most wonderful system in the human body, connecting together, as it does, in some mysterious manner the mental and the physical. It has complete control of the physical, governing all our movements, both voluntary and involuntary. It depends largely upon the site of the lesion in the nervous system as to how grave will be the damage resulting. If in a terminal nerve, such as the ulnar, the parts supplied by it are rendered powerless and motionless; while an injury of the cervical region of the spinal cord reduces the body in an instant
AUSTIN JH. DISEASES OF NERVES REQUIRING SURGICAL TREATMENT. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1234–1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450210035002l
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