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SOME EXPERIENCES WITH ALCOHOL INJECTION IN TRIGEMINAL AND OTHER NEURALGIAS

WILFRED HARRIS, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1725-1731. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200019005.
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It is a great pleasure to me to be enabled, through the courtesy of the officers of your Section, to place before you the following observations on the alcohol injection treatment, and I hope to learn much from your experiences and criticism. Schlösser's brilliant idea of injection of the main branches of the fifth nerve at their deep foramina, with strong alcohol, has now been on trial for ten years by workers in all countries, and clear indications for its use, and when to avoid it, are now capable of formulation. My personal experience of the method now dates back six years, the first case in which I used it being literally equivalent to a laboratory experiment on a human nerve.

A woman suffering from strong hemiplegic contracture of the fingers was unable to use her extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers, on account of the strong flexor spasm

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