J. J. Zarranz Neurosciences and History 2019;7(2):53-61
Type of article: ORIGINAL
J. J. Zarranz Emeritus Chair of the Department of Neurosciences. Universidad del País Vasco, Instituto de Investigación BIOCRUCES, Barakaldo, Spain.
Nicolás Achúcarro had the opportunity to travel and train in several neurology and psychiatry centres around Europe. The first of these experiences was in Pierre Marie’s service at the Hospice de Bicêtre. According to his letters and biographies, he presented a communication to the Société Française de Neurologie at the end of his time working under Pierre Marie; however, its content was not known. The communication has now been found, and is reported in this article. In the communication, Achúcarro presents a patient with syringomyelia, which he considered to be of traumatic origin; however, given current understanding of the disease and Achúcarro’s autopsy findings, it is likely that aetiology was non-traumatic, with trauma simply triggering the symptoms.
Achúcarro, hydrocephalus, paraplegia, Pierre Marie, spinal cord injury, syringomyelia
Neurosciences and History 2019;7(2):53-61
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