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History of Neurology: Seminal Citation
July 2002

Brachial Plexus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. Mr Murray is now with the Department of Neurology, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.



Arch Neurol. 2002;59(7):1186-1188. doi:10.1001/archneur.59.7.1186

The brachial plexus (literal translation: arm "braid," "the interweaving of strands") has been discussed in the medical literature through the centuries, from the first anatomical dissections in the classical period to the injuries that may be sustained during modern medical procedures. In this article, we discuss a few interesting historical aspects concerning brachial plexus anatomy and brachial plexopathies resulting from various kinds of trauma. Finally, we consider the condition neuralgic amyotrophy, which is often considered a type of brachial plexopathy.

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