Raymond M. P. Donaghy: a pioneer in microneurosurgery

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  • 1 Division of Neurosurgery, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont; and
  • 2 Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts
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Raymond M. P. Donaghy was one of the true pioneers of modern neurosurgery. His restless dedication, innovation, and desire to humbly disseminate his knowledge facilitated the advancement of the field of microneurosurgery. Many of his trainees—most notably M. Gazi Yaşargil—continued to advance the field, developing innovative microsurgical instruments and techniques. The history of microneurosurgery is incomplete without a glimpse at the life of this remarkable man.

Abbreviations used in this paper: ICP = intracranial pressure; MCA = middle cerebral artery; WWII = World War II.

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Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to: Timothy E. Link, M.D., Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, Barrow Neurological Institute, 2910 North Third Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85013. email: timothy.link@bnaneuro.net.

Please include this information when citing this paper: published online September 11, 2009; DOI: 10.3171/2009.6.JNS09539.

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    Donaghy RMP, Evaluation of extracranial-intracranial blood flow diversion. Austin G: Microneurosurgical Anastomoses for Cerebral Ischemia Springfield, Charles C Thomas, 1976. 256274

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    Haines PC, & Donaghy RMP: Microvascular patch technique with and without silastic t-tube bypass. J Neurosurg 60:287295, 1984

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    Hoerenz P: The operating microscope. Part III. Accessories. J Microsurg 2:2226, 1980

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    Hunter KM, & Donaghy RMP: Arterial microautografts: an experimental study. Can J Surg 16:2327, 1973

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    Jacobson JH II, & Suarez EL: Microsurgery in the anastomosis of small vessels. Surg Forum 11:243245, 1960

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    Jacobson JH II, , Wallman LJ, , Schumacher GA, , Flanagan M, , Suarez EL, & Donaghy RM: Microsurgery as an aid to middle cerebral artery endarterectomy. J Neurosurg 19:108115, 1962

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    Maroon JC, & Donaghy RM: Experimental cerebral revascularization with autogenous grafts. J Neurosurg 38:172179, 1973

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    Maroon JC, , Roberts E, , Numoto M, & Donaghy RM: Microvascular surgery: simplified instrumentation. Technical note. J Neurosurg 38:119124, 1973

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    Numoto M, , Slater JP, & Donaghy RM: An implantable switch for monitoring intracranial pressure. Lancet 1:528, 1966

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    Numoto M, , Slater JP, & Donaghy RM: An automatic method of measuring and recording intracranial pressure. Med Res Eng 1:3839, 1969

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    Yaşargil MG: A legacy of microneurosurgery: memoirs, lessons, and axioms. Neurosurgery 45:10251091, 1999

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