Victor Alexander Haden Horsley

April 14th

  • He was an English physiologist and neurosurgeon who was a pioneer in surgery on the brain and spinal cord.
  • Before age 30, on 25 May 1886, he performed his first human brain surgery: excision of a scar.
  • In 1887, he worked with his former professor, Sir William Gowers, in the controversial first surgery to remove a spinal cord tumour, treating an Army officer (age 45) with a spastic paralysis of the lower extremities, enabling him to walk again.

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