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Spinal Cord Injury and Trauma

  • Theodore M. Cole


Trauma of the spinal cord has almost always been associated with feelings of hopelessness and foreboding. The first recorded reference to injury of the spinal cord was found in the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, written about 2500–3000 B. C. “Thou shouldst say concerning him, one having a dislocation of the vertebrae of his neck while he is unconscious of his two legs and two arms and his urine dribbles. An ailment not to be treated.”1 Almost 5,000 years later, Robert Penn Warren described a quadriplegic in his novel All The Kings Men (1946). He describes a lifetime of paralysis, hopelessness, and impending death.


Spinal Cord Spinal Cord Injury Intermittent Catheterization Cervical Segment Anterior Spinal Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore M. Cole
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA

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