Alfred W Adson 1887-1951 

Alfred Washington Adson was born at Terrill, Iowa in 1887, his parents immigrated to the United States from Norway.

He qualified as a Doctor in 1914 and eventually went on to become a surgeon and to specialise in neurosurgery.

He became one of the world’s leading authorities on neurosurgery and Adsons sign is still used to diagnose a particular syndrome.

(Thoracic outlet Syndrome)

He was president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons in 1932 and 1933, of the Minnesota State Medical Association in 1937, the Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners in 1938 and 1943, the Minnesota Neurological Society in 1941, and of the North Central Medical Conference in 1948.

This surgeon who is known to us mainly by the instrument named after him (Adsons dissecting forceps + others)






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