Raymond M. P. Donaghy: a pioneer in microneurosurgery

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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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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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    Photograph of Raymond Madiford Peardon Donaghy at University of Vermont Medical College Hospital in 1978. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Photograph of Drs. Lester Wallman (left) and R. M. P. Donaghy (right) at Fort Sam Houston at the start of WWII. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    A: Schematic depicting the OPMI-1 microscope. B: Photograph of the OPMI microscope adapted with beam-splitting technology—in this case, fitted with a 35-mm camera for intraoperative photomicrographs as well as a television camera for motion pictures. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Brochure for the first course in microsurgery hosted by Dr. Donaghy and colleagues at the University of Vermont. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Photograph of Donaghy and his first dedicated microsurgical pupil, Dr. Gazi Yaşargil, practicing microsurgical techniques in 1965. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Photograph showing attendants of the 3rd annual microneurosurgical meeting in Burlington, Vermont, September 29 to October 3, 1969. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Description of an implantable switch for measuring ICP (Ladd Monitor) invented by Donaghy and colleagues published in The Lancet in March 1966. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Photograph of Donaghy and Yaşargil with Zeiss representatives assessing the latest in operative microscope technology. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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    Photograph of the updated R. M. P. Donaghy skull base and neurovascular research laboratory at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. Reproduced courtesy of Neurosurgical Archives of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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