Pioneers in the development of transsphenoidal surgery: Theodor Kocher, Oskar Hirsch, and Norman Dott

G. Lanzino, Jr Laws

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Abstract

The development of new scientific concepts and techniques is usually the result of a progressive evolution. The transsphenoidal approach to pituitary lesions is no exception. Several pioneers contributed to its development and its eventual and nearly unconditional acceptance. In this historical vignette, the contributions of three master surgeons, Theodor Kocher, Oskar Hirsch, and Norman Dott, are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Neurosurgical history
  • Norman Dott
  • Oskar Hirsch
  • Pituitary tumor
  • Theodor Kocher
  • Transsphenoidal approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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