Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery| Volume 26, ISSUE 1, P89-98, July 1949


Observations on the study of sixty-one cases
      This paper is only available as a PDF. To read, Please Download here.


      A study of sixty-one cases of hyperhidrosis has been presented. The essential abnormality is excessive stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system or an increased sensitivity of this system. Excessive sweating has been the predominant symptom, but other signs of sympathetic irritation have usually been present. For this reason we have suggested the term hypersympathotonia to describe this pathologic entity. The etiologic factors have been discussed and a simple classification has been offered. The reasons for selection of certain cases for sympathetic surgery have been submitted. Finally, the results of sympathectomy have been presented.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'


      Subscribe to Surgery
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Adson A.W.
        • Craig W.M.
        • Brown G.E.
        Essential Hyperhidrosis Cured by Sympathetic Ganglionectomy and Trunk Resection.
        Arch. Surg. 1935; 31: 794
        • Tarlov I.M.
        • Herg E.
        Unilateral Frontal Hyperhidrosis Relieved by Supraorbital Nerve Section.
        J. A. M. A. 1947; 133: 476
        • Chandler F.A.
        Hidrosis of the Right Leg Secondary to Neuroma of the Femur.
        Am. J. Dis. Child. 1941; 62: 686
        • Minor V.
        Eines Neues Verfahren Zu der Klinischen Untersuchung der Schweissabsonderung.
        Deutsche Ztschr. f. Nervenh. 1927; 101: 302
        • List C.F.
        • Peet M.M.
        Sweat Secretion in Man. I.
        Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 1938; 39: 1228-1237
        • List C.F.
        • Peet M.M.
        Sweat Secretion in Man. II.
        Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 1938; 40: 27-43
        • List C.F.
        • Peet M.M.
        Sweat Secretion in Man. III.
        Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 1938; 40: 269-290
        • Kuno Y.
        The Physiology of Human Perspiration.
        J. & A. Churchill, Ltd, London1934
        • Weiner J.S.
        The Regional Distribution of Sweating.
        J. Physiol. 1945; 104: 32-40
        • White J.C.
        Hyperhidrosis of Nervous Origin and Its Treatment by Sympathectomy.
        Tr. New England S. Soc. 1938; 21: 54-69
        • White J.C.
        • Smithwick R.H.
        The Autonomic Nervous System.
        The Macmillan Co, New York1941