Spinal fractures with severe spinal cord injury have always represented a tragic event in the life of any human being. In a moment, a healthy, independent person has his daily life literally turned upside down as a result of the paralysis. Loss of strength and sensitivity in all four limbs, bladder control, sexuality, the most natural and inimate human function, lead to a total dependence on others and consequently results in a loss of identity and severe depression. There can be not doubt that few other pathological conditions have such a dramatic psychological and social impact, leading to a radical change in the personal and family habits of an individual. It is natural that such a dramatic condition has influenced throughout the history of the world, even the most remote, not only a medical and scientific interest but also, more simply, popular interest, at least in sensitive and educated people such as historians, artists, poets, painters who have left their testimony to this pathology since beginning of civilization.
|Translated title of the contribution||Trauma of the spine and spinal cord injury throughout the history during pre-radiological age|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
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