G. Carl Huber (1865-1934): A Michigan Pioneer in Peripheral Nerve Injury and Regeneration

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The treatment of peripheral nerve injuries has seen tremendous innovations over the past century. Dr Gotthelf Carl Huber, an American immigrant and early experimental pioneer in the field of peripheral nerve injury, created a foundation of scientific knowledge for these advancements. At the beginning of his career, Huber published novel work in peripheral nerve injury, supporting the concept of Wallerian degeneration and demonstrating the use of nerve grafting for repair. As his scientific career evolved into other research areas at the University of Michigan, Huber's impact extended far beyond just the study of peripheral nerve injury. Because of the external forces of the First World War, Dr Huber's focus returned to translational projects concentrated on the treatment of neuromas and war time peripheral nerve injuries. Huber's scientific impact in the field of peripheral nerve injury and repair came as a result of his incredible work ethic, mentorship, and tremendous leadership qualities; through this, his work still influences clinical practice today, a century later.

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