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July 1, 1950

Acute Injuries of the Head: Their Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications and Sequels

JAMA. 1950;143(9):854. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910440072044

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This volume is based on a large experience with cerebral injuries sustained during the recent war. In peacetime in this country, the automobile is responsible for many such injuries. In Britain 80 per cent of automobile fatalities are due to head injuries. The importance of a careful evaluation of all types of injuries and their management should be emphasized. There are not yet sufficient neurosurgeons to manage all these cases. The motor car, one of the leading killers, will provide more clinical material than any medical specialty can handle. Thus it is likely that the general surgeon and the general practitioner will be obliged to share the responsibility for many serious skull fractures and other traumatic lesions of the head.

The book begins with analysis of the mechanisms of head injuries. Diagnostic and pathologic concepts are presented. There are many photographs and illustrations together with illuminating case histories. Treatment both

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