JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
It has long been recognized that injuries to the head, generally with
but sometimes without fracture, may be responsible for brain abscesses appearing
weeks, months or even years after the injury. The rôle of such injuries
in the production of neuroses and psychoses has been universally recognized
and in some quarters greatly exaggerated. The physician who is not in touch
with modern psychiatry is often too willing to assure the relatives of the
insane patient of the absence of inherited predisposition and to place the
blame on some injury that no one had thought of for years. It is still unsettled
whether injuries to the head can cause brain tumors, but a history of trauma
is obtained in a small percentage of cases, particularly of sarcoma and glioma.
THE REMOTE EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURIES.. JAMA. 2004;291(5):640. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.640-b