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November 3, 1934

The Treatment of Injuries of the Head and Spine

JAMA. 1934;103(18):1401. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750440061030

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In this monograph Reed's object is to "set forth in the shortest and simplest manner the method and procedure of treatment of injuries to the brain and spinal cord." He accomplishes his purpose. The work is divided into two parts, part one dealing with head injuries and part two with injuries to the spine. Under head injuries the author briefly reviews the pathology and probable mechanism of production of skull fractures and discusses more extensively the symptomatology and treatment. The operative treatment of compound skull fractures and of middle meningeal hemorrhage is presented in detail and well illustrated. In conclusion Reed states that the "treatment of 90 per cent or more of all head injuries is entirely a medical rather than a surgical problem." Injuries to the spine are divided into two groups, fracture and dislocations of the vertebrae that result in injury of the spinal cord and, second, injuries

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