W. H. B.
Operations on the sympathetic nervous system designed to relieve hypertension have aroused considerable interest for a number of years. Results from the majority of the earlier procedures were so variable that many surgeons and physicians became skeptical as to the possibilities inherent in this form of therapy. It is only in the past seven years that the more radical lumbodorsal sympathectomy developed by Dr. Reginald Smithwick has shown sufficiently good results to revive enthusiasm over the surgical treatment of hypertension.
The technic for the perfected operative procedure was published in 1940.1 The purpose of the operation is to interrupt the
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B. WH. LUMBODORSAL SYMPATHECTOMY FOR HYPERTENSION. Ann Intern Med. 1945;23:108–110. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-23-1-108
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;23(1):108-110.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology, Neurology.
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