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The catastrophic nature of spinal cord injury was described by an Egyptian physician as early as 2500 bc. (Grundy and Swain, 1993), yet spinal cord injury remained a sentence of death until as recently as the 1940s. During the First World War, 80% of people who sustained a spinal cord injury died within two weeks (Stover and Fine, 1986). It was the introduction of sulfanilamides and antibiotics in the 1940s that changed the rates of survival and provided Western countries with the challenge of caring for thousands of men who had sustained spinal cord injuries during the Second World War.