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In an able paper read before the American Surgical Association in 1891, Professor J. William White reviewed the subject of the surgery of the spine, and made a very complete survey of the reported cases of operative measures employed to relieve the consequences of spinal traumatism. Of the thirty-six cases of laminectomy performed in the post-antiseptic period, fourteen, or thirty-nine per cent., died; but he concluded that the results in general were encouraging for the advantage of surgical interference, except in those cases in which there was disororganization of the cord.
Of course, in all cases of spinal traumatism, more or less injury to the cord ensues; and the influence of operative interference on the degenerative process in those cases in which there is no injury to the vertebræ, is a matter of great surgical importance, including as it does, the questions of early or late operations, and of a
SUTURE OF THE SPINAL CORD. JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):503–504. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170027003
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