First published record of a neurosurgical procedure on the North American continent, Mexico City, by Pedro Arias de Benavides, 1561: Secretos de Chirugia, Valladolid, Spain 1567

F. C. Ponce de León, James Tait Goodrich, M. Tutino, C. Gordon, Eugene S. Flamm

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Abstract

THE FIRST PUBLISHED account of a neurosurgical intervention performed on the North American continent is described. The operation took place in Mexico City in 1561. The neurosurgical intervention was performed by a Spanish surgeon, Pedro Arias de Benavides, on a 13-year-old boy who had sustained head trauma that caused an open depressed cranial fracture and exposed the cerebrum. A description of this case was first published in Valladolid, Spain, 6 years after the event, in a book entitled Secretos de Chirurgia ("Secrets of Surgery").

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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Neurosurgical Procedures
Cerebrum
Mexico
Craniocerebral Trauma
Spain
Surgeons

Keywords

  • Cranial fracture
  • History
  • Skull fracture
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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