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November 14, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1764-1765. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200058020

The importance which attaches to an expansion of our knowledge of the functions of the cerebrospinal fluid in relation to many problems in surgery and medicine has been well summarized in a recent paper by Drs. Frazier and Peet1 of the University of Pennsylvania. We are impelled to quote their own words because they emphasize so plainly the directions in which progress is demanded. The accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in abnormal quantities, we are reminded by the Philadelphia investigators, is a factor which must be reckoned with in many intracranial diseases. It is accountable not only for many subjective and objective disturbances, but it is often the determining factor in the fatal cases. How essential it is in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment will be realized by the mere mention of such morbid conditions as hydrocephalus, brain tumors and meningitis. In the treatment of these, so far as it concerns

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