Harvey Cushing’s case series of trigeminal neuralgia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a surgeon’s quest to advance the treatment of the ‘suicide disease’

@article{Adams2011HarveyCC,
  title={Harvey Cushing’s case series of trigeminal neuralgia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a surgeon’s quest to advance the treatment of the ‘suicide disease’},
  author={Hadie Adams and Courtney Pendleton and Katherine Latimer and Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol and Benjamin S. Carson and Alfredo Qui{\~n}ones‐Hinojosa},
  journal={Acta Neurochirurgica},
  year={2011},
  volume={153},
  pages={1043-1050}
}
BackgroundA review of Dr. Harvey Cushing’s surgical cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital provided insight into his early work on trigeminal neuralgia (TN). There was perhaps no other affliction that captured his attention in the way that TN did, and he built a remarkable legacy of successful treatment. At the time, surgical interventions carried an operative mortality of 20%.MethodsThe Johns Hopkins Hospital surgical records from 1896–1912 were reviewed to contribute new cases to the 20 reports… 
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