GEZA DE TAKATS, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.
In 1948, the late Dr. N. C. Gilbert and I reported a small group of patients suffering from apoplexy in whom the cervical sympathetic trunk was blocked on the side of the lesion.1 Return of consciousness and of speech, motor improvement and conversion of flaccid to spastic paralysis were observed in some of these patients. We suggested a less passive attitude toward the treatment of acute cerebral vascular accident.
The method previously suggested for this purpose by Leriche and Fontaine,2a Mackey and Scott2b and Volpitto and Risteen2c had not created much interest, but following our communication in the Journal
TAKATS GD. THE CONTROVERSIAL USE OF CERVICAL SYMPATHETIC BLOCK IN APOPLEXY1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:1196–1210. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-6-1196
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(6):1196-1210.
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