LEONARD G. ROWNTREE, M.D.; ALFRED W. ADSON, M.D.; PHILIP S. HENCH, M.D.
Resection of lumbar sympathetic ganglia and trunks for the relief of so called chronic infectious arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis deformans) of the lower extremities was first employed in June, 1926. The operation was performed by Adson at the request of Rowntree. The rationale for the procedure, and the immediate results of the operation on the first patient, and the subsequent course of the disease have been presented by Rowntree and Adson. The degree of relief experienced in the lower extremities, particularly in the feet, caused the first patient to request earnestly a somewhat similar procedure to relieve the pain and
ROWNTREE LG, ADSON AW, HENCH PS. Preliminary Results of Resection of Sympathetic Ganglia and Trunks in Seventeen Cases of Chronic "Infectious" Arthritis1. Ann Intern Med. ;4:447–454. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-5-447
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(5):447-454.
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