The history of neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto

Neurosurgery
Andrew JeaRobin P Humphreys

Abstract

The tradition of selfless charity for children in Toronto was established by Elizabeth McMaster, founder of the Hospital for Sick Children, or "Sick Kids," in 1875. The tradition of fortitude and perseverance in trying to cure children who were deemed incurable by others was sealed into the history of the Hospital by early pioneering surgeons, including Drs. Clarence Starr, A.W. Farmer, and William Gallie. Dr. William Gallie recognized the importance of neurosurgery for the future of the Hospital and encouraged Dr. William Keith to acquire training in pediatric neurosurgery in Chicago and London. Dr. Keith began the practice of pediatric neurosurgery at Sick Kids in 1935 and worked in the primordial phase of the subspecialty for the next 20 years until he was joined by Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick in 1955. In time, Dr. Hendrick was joined by Drs. Harold Hoffman and Robin Humphreys who led a decidedly strong pediatric neurosurgery unit between 1975 and 1995. During this epoch, the pediatric neurosurgery service grew to become one of the busiest and most progressive units in the world. Over the years, numerous neurosurgery fellows and faculty from all over the world have trained at or have visited Sick Kids to learn how pediatric neuros...Continue Reading

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Jun 29, 2010·Child's Nervous System : ChNS : Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery·Tai-Tong Wong
Jul 20, 2012·Child's Nervous System : ChNS : Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery·James T RutkaRobin P Humphreys
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May 27, 2017·Journal of Neurosurgery·Rimal Hanif DossaniAnil Nanda
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Jun 17, 2019·Child's Nervous System : ChNS : Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery·Soumya MukherjeePaul D Chumas

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