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Alfred Washington Adson

Born  1887
Died  1951

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American neurosurgeon, 1887-1951.

Biography of Alfred Washington Adson

Alfred Washington Adson Adson attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1912. Working at the Mayo clinic he became a pioneer of neurosurgery. He was one of the first to use sympathectomy for the treatment of hypertension, and cervical sympathectomy for Raynaud’s syndrome.


  • I. S. Ravdin, A. W. Adson, editors:
    Surgery. Philadelphia, 1935.
  • Barry G. Firkin and Judith A. Whitworth:
    Dictionary of Medical Eponyms.
    The Parthenon Publishing Group. 1989. New edition in 2002.

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