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History of Neurology
March 2005

Sir Victor Horsley, Mr John Marshall, the Nervi Nervorum, and Pain: More Than a Century Ahead of Their Time

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fort Wayne (Dr Vilensky); and Department of Neurology, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor (Drs Gilman and Casey).



Arch Neurol. 2005;62(3):499-501. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.3.499

Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916) is best known for the many pioneering neurosurgical procedures that he developed during the late 19th century. These advances enabled surgery to be performed on the brain with an acceptable mortality level.1 Horsley’s research was not limited to neurosurgery; it also extended into basic neurology (eg, motor cortex function)2 and even general medicine, including many studies on the function of the thyroid gland.3

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