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June 1936

DISSEMINATED SPINAL ARACHNOIDITISITS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT WITH ROENTGEN RAYS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Neurological and Radiotherapy Departments of the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(6):1262-1279. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260060104009
Abstract

Sir Victor Horsley1 attributed to Spiller2 priority in the recognition of spinal arachnoiditis as a clinical entity. Earlier references to adventitious proliferations of the arachnoid had been noted by Hewett3 in 1845 and Coote4 in 1850. Later, contributions were made by Oppenheim5 and Krause,6 and more recently the excellent study by Stookey7 was published. Stookey's contribution served to throw valuable additional light on the diagnostic and surgical aspects of this condition. During the past five years there have been reports by various European observers: Faure,8 Brouwer,9 Schaeffer,10 Barré,11 Metzger,12 Cairns13 and others, and the condition has been referred to as circumscribed spinal arachnoiditis, meningitis circumscripta or serosa and adhesive spinal arachnoiditis. In the foregoing communications emphasis had been placed almost exclusively on the type of arachnoiditis that clinically simulates tumor of the spinal cord. The purpose of

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