Alfred W. Adson (1887-1951): His contributions to surgery for tumors of the spine and spinal cord in the context of spinal tumor surgery in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - Historical vignette

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Alfred W. Adson was a pioneer in the field of neurosurgery. He described operations for a variety of neurosurgical diseases and developed surgical instruments. Under his leadership the Section of Neurological Surgery at the Mayo Clinic was established and he functioned as its first chair. Adson's contributions to the understanding of spinal and spinal cord tumors are less well known. This article reviews related medical records and publications and sets his contributions in the context of the work of other important pioneers in spinal tumor surgery at the time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-758
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • History
  • Spinal cord
  • Spine
  • Tumor

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  • Medicine(all)

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