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AN ECLECTIC REVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF PERIPHERAL NERVE SURGERY

Friedman, Allan H. M.D.

doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000346252.53722.D3
Chapter 1

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: fried010@mc.duke.edu

Received, February 11, 2008.

Accepted, January 28, 2009.

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