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

Tanmoy Kumar Maiti, Subhas Konar, Shyamal Chandra Bir, Papireddy Bollam, Anil Nanda

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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."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1441-1446
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Volume84
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

Keywords

  • Gunshot
  • Sociopolitical impact
  • Spine

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