William Edward Gallie (1882-1959): Father of the Gallie wiring technique for atlantoaxial arthrodesis

Rimal Hanif Dossani, John Shaughnessy, Piyush Kalakoti, Anil Nanda

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William Edward Gallie (1882-1959) was a Canadian general surgeon with special expertise in orthopedic surgery. His experience with surgical management of cervical spine subluxation led him to invent a method of cervical wiring of the atlas to the axis. His method of C1-2 wiring has since been modified, but it still remains one of the three most commonly taught wiring techniques in neurosurgical training programs. Gallie is also hailed for instituting the first surgical training program in Canada, a curriculum his pupils memorialized as the "Gallie course" in surgery. In this historical vignette, the authors describe Gallie's life and depict his contributions to surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-941
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


  • Atlantoaxial arthrodesis
  • Cervical wiring
  • Gallie course
  • History
  • Surgical training
  • William Edward Gallie


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