Raney: a ubiquitous neurosurgical eponym
Journal of neurosurgery
Raney; eponym; hemostasis; history; interview
Prior to the 1937 invention of the Raney clip, surgeons relied on hemostatic sutures, pneumatic tourniquets, sequentially applied hemostatic forceps, and the administration of local vasoconstrictive agents to achieve scalp hemostasis. The Raney clip is now the quintessential tool for achieving scalp hemostasis in cranial neurosurgery; with nearly 13.8 million cranial neurosurgical cases per year globally, Raney clips are in high demand and their use is ubiquitous. What is less known, however, is the story of their invention and the related stories of those who bear the Raney name. This paper fills these gaps in neurosurgical history, using information obtained during an extensive series of contemporary interviews and correspondence with the Raney family.
Klein, Andrea L.; Foster, Chase H.; and Rosseau, Gail L., "Raney: a ubiquitous neurosurgical eponym" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3044.