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Title: Review of the history of non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction.
Epworth Authors: New, Peter
Other Authors: Biering-Sørensen, Fin
Keywords: History of Medicine
Spinal Cord Damage
Spinal Cord Diseases
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Dysfunction
Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Land Publishers
Citation: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 23(4), 285-298.
Abstract: Background: The incidence of non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction (SCDys) is reported to be higher than traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) in many countries. No formal review of the history of SCDys has been published. Objective: This article aims to identify key highlights in the history of SCDys. Method: An electronic literature search was conducted (January 2017) using MEDLINE (1946–2016) and Embase (1974–2016) databases for publications regarding the history of SCDys. Publications on the history of SCI and a selection of neurology textbooks and books on the history of neurology were reviewed for potentially relevant references. The focus of the literature search was on identifying publications that detail key highlights regarding the history of the diagnosis and management of the most common SCDys conditions, as well as those of historical significance. Results: The electronic search of MEDLINE and Embase identified 11 relevant publications. The majority of publications included were identified from the authors' libraries and a selection of books on neurology and the history of neurology. Conclusions: This review outlines the history of SCDys, taking a broader historical perspective and covering the increasing awareness of the role of the spinal cord and knowledge of neuroanatomy. Key milestones in the history of the diagnosis and management of the most common SCDys conditions are presented. An appreciation of the history of SCDys increases our understanding of the large number of people who contributed to our current knowledge of these conditions and in some situations helps guide efforts regarding prevention of SCDys.
DOI: 10.1310/sci2304-285
ISSN: 1082-0744
Journal Title: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Spinal Rehabilitation Service, Department of Rehabilitation, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Neurosciences

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