History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves

James Tait Goodrich, Michel Kliot

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Abstract

This chapter reviews developments in the practice of treating injuries and tumors of the peripheral and cranial nerves. Starting with the Edwin Smith Papyrus, we explore the treatment of nerve damage from antiquity to the mid-twentieth century. Up until the post-Renaissance era, distinguishing a nerve from a tendon or ligament was not easily done, and the concept of repairing an injured or severed nerve only came into fashion in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Although attempts were made to remove tumors and perform surgical repairs of the nerves, the outcomes were often not favorable, and in many cases, the surgeries left patients with even more painful outcomes. In this chapter we discuss the surgical concepts surrounding various historical nervous system repairs, highlighting the techniques that succeeded and failed. We also introduce key personalities in the field and their contributions, including a number of historical illustrations, many of which may be new to students of this subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNerves and Nerve Injuries
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Pages3-22
Number of pages20
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780124104471, 9780124103900
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015

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Cranial Nerve Injuries
Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Cranial Nerves
Peripheral Nerves
Ligaments
Tendons
Nervous System
Personality
Students
Neoplasms
Therapeutics
Renaissance

Keywords

  • Causalgia
  • History of peripheral nerve injuries
  • History of peripheral nerve surgery
  • History of surgery
  • Peripheral nerve tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Goodrich, J. T., & Kliot, M. (2015). History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves. In Nerves and Nerve Injuries (Vol. 1, pp. 3-22). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-410390-0.00001-9

History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves. / Goodrich, James Tait; Kliot, Michel.

Nerves and Nerve Injuries. Vol. 1 Elsevier Ltd, 2015. p. 3-22.

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Goodrich, JT & Kliot, M 2015, History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves. in Nerves and Nerve Injuries. vol. 1, Elsevier Ltd, pp. 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-410390-0.00001-9
Goodrich JT, Kliot M. History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves. In Nerves and Nerve Injuries. Vol. 1. Elsevier Ltd. 2015. p. 3-22 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-410390-0.00001-9
Goodrich, James Tait ; Kliot, Michel. / History of the Peripheral and Cranial Nerves. Nerves and Nerve Injuries. Vol. 1 Elsevier Ltd, 2015. pp. 3-22
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