WE TAKE OUR present concepts of nerve repair for granted. In fact, the pioneers who established these principles traveled a road filled with erroneous dogma, bad advice, and misleading data. The lessons learned from a review of the history of peripheral nerve surgery are applicable to all neurosurgical disciplines. In honor of Dr. David Kline's distinguished career, we will review 3 aspects of the history of peripheral nerve surgery: Can an injured nerve regain function? How do peripheral nerves regenerate? When should a neuroma in continuity be resected?
Division of Neurological Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Reprint requests: Allan H. Friedman, M.D., Duke University Medical Center, Box 3807, Durham, NC 27710. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received, February 11, 2008.
Accepted, January 28, 2009.