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World Neurosurg. 2015 Nov;84(5):1441-6. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.03.037. Epub 2015 Mar 30.

Historical Vignette of Infamous Gunshot Injury to Spine: "An Ailment not to be Treated"?

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1
Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health-Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Louisiana State University Health-Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Electronic address: ananda@lsuhsc.edu.

Abstract

The increasing prevalence and gloomy socioeconomic consequence of spine injury remain a concern in modern medicine. In this article, we highlight the infamous gunshot spinal injuries of a few eminent personalities across multiple centuries and their sociopolitical impact in context with the evolution of modern medicine. The role of available medicine in these victims was not more than a mere watcher, thus substantiating an infamous quote from ancient literature that describes spine injury as "an ailment not to be treated."

KEYWORDS:

Gunshot; Sociopolitical impact; Spine

PMID:
25836272
DOI:
10.1016/j.wneu.2015.03.037
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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