Thoracic Surgery Clinics 

"A severe form of CS is the split-body syndrome, or corposcindosis, which is defined as an autonomic neuropathy in which the sympathetic nerve function has been divided into two distinct bodily regions, one dead and the other hyperactive. In those cases, the patient feels as if he or she is living in two separate bodies."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               - Pascal Dumont, MD

Dumont, Pascal Side Effects and Complications of Surgery for Hyperhidrosis, Thoracic Surgery Clinics, May 2008, Volume 18, No. 2, p. 199

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Clinical Neurocardiology Section - Division of Intramural Research

David S. Goldstein M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator:
"(Corposcindosis) does present nicely several of the many adverse health effects of thoracic sympathectomy, at least some of which, for a variety of reasons, have been underemphasized. It does seem worthwhile to highlight these health effects, so that individuals considering undergoing the procedure are informed better about the potential consequences."

Dr. Goldstein graduated from Yale College and received an M.D.-Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins for work on instrumental cardiovascular conditioning. After medical internship and residency at the University of Washington, he became a Clinical Associate in the NHLBI, obtaining tenure as a Senior Investigator in 1984. He joined the NINDS in 1990 to head the Clinical Neurochemistry Section and founded and directs the Clinical Neurocardiology Section, an independent Section. He has received the Angier Prize for Research in Psychology from Yale, the Laufberger Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2 NIH Merit Awards, and the 2004 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award.

David S. Goldstein, MD PhD
Chief, Clinical Neurocardiology Section, CNP, DIR, NINDS, NIH
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