This article, published on April 28, 1900, was presented at a symposium in Philadelphia only eight days earlier, on April 20, 1900. One might observe that it thus seems to achieve a goal of rapid publication unknown in our "modern times." The article was one of a series of eight published by The Journal in two successive issues, climaxed by a go-with editorial on tic douloureux. All of the articles had been presented at a Symposium on the Fifth Nerve and its Neurological and Surgical Relations given before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Presumably, the editor of The Journal then had a lively interest in the trigeminal nerve, for this concentration of articles on the diseases of a single cranial nerve is striking. Neither before nor since has tic douloureux been covered in such detail in The Journal.
The article is the work of the young Harvey Cushing (H.