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Title: Intracranial trifacial neurectomy and removal of the gasserian ganglion
Author: Gibbons, Wilfred Ernest
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1900
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As a result of this enquiry into the subject of Intracranial Neurectomy and Excision of the Gasserian Ganglion, it may be concluded that the opera- . j tions hitherto devised are to be regarded as measures of grave severity. The Lateral Extradural Method holds its own as the most sound as a surgical operation and has been followed by the smallest deathrate. But even this operation presents a high mortality; (over 17 p.c.), and is only rendered justifiable by the terrible nature of the affliction it is designed | to cure. Until greater perfection in techniqtie has materially reduced its mortality, the operation must remain a 'dernier resort'. That an improvement in this direction will soon be shewn, we are surely justified in hoping, when we find that more than a third of the deaths in the past have been caused by septic infection. Further - if the operation is undertaken at all, the aim must be to make it complete - the whole ganglion must if possible be removed. Where this ' is done the risks to life are not increased, while the probabilities of cure approach certainty. One must not court failure in the main object* even to avoid the possible loss of an eye.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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