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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.

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