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Our specialty's heritage
  1. Joshua Hirsch1,
  2. Robert Tarr2,
  3. Gary Duckwiler3,
  4. Charles J Prestigiacomo4
  1. 1Department of Neurointerventional Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
  2. 2Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  3. 3UCLA Medical Center, Los Angele, California, USA
  4. 4Department of Neurological Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr R W Tarr, Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA; robert.tarr{at}

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Cervantes notes of Don Quixote that “…history is in a manner a sacred thing”. There are many reasons that these prosaic words ring true; perhaps most clearly it is because a people's history is its heritage. History defines whence we came, lends an understanding to who we are and in some ways helps us to understand where we can go.

Interventional neuroradiology, endovascular surgical neuroradiology or, its present preferred name, neurointerventional surgery, has a rich, albeit a somewhat brief history. The field's colorful past and its relative youth are made obvious by the very ‘name’ of the field itself, for it has been, and continues to be, called …

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