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Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus
  1. Robert W Tarr
  1. Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Robert W Tarr, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 5868 Liberty Road, Solon, OH 44139, USA; robert.tarr{at}

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‘So you think you can tell

Heaven from Hell

Blue skies from pain.

Can you tell a green field

From a cold steel rail?

A smile from a vail?

Do you think you can tell?’

– Pink Floyd (1975)

In this issue of JNIS, Vitek et al critically examine the origin of the credit for the technique of carotid cavernous fistula treatment with preservation of the parent artery.1 After a painstaking research of the topic, Vitek et al conclude that Barney Brooks has inappropriately been given credit for this technique which bears his name. Vitek et al further describe how this Brooks legend has been propagated in the medical literature for over 8 decades.

The terms ‘myth’ and ‘legend’ are often used interchangeably. In reality, there are subtle differences in their meaning. The term ‘legend’ refers to an unverified popular story which has some historical or geographic …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.