To consider the manifestations of the conditions of the blood vessels of the brain, with reference to indications or suggestions for measures to prevent or at least postpone an attack of hemiplegia, is the purpose of this contribution.
Small or common things are sometimes overlooked in the eager pursuit of the large or more obscure ones, and this often results in the passing of a common disease while searching for the uncommon. The final perception of the aggregation of symptoms which, taken singly, are of trivial significance, not infrequently reminds us of our earlier sins of omission.
The fundamental cause of hemorrhage and thrombus seems to be undoubtedly an alteration in the vessel wall, a thickening of one or more of the coats of the arteries, or arteriosclerosis.
It has been stated long ago, in a way that has become proverbial, that there is no better indication of the age
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