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The surgery of the brain and its membranes has within the last two or three years received more merited attention than during the preceding decade, when the great surgical world spent a large portion of its energy on that important class of diseases which are found in the abdomen and which are now so generally subjected to surgical treatment.
All subjects which directly affect the life of an individual are of special interest to the conscientious physician and certainly there is no class of diseases which are more obscure in their symptomatology, more erratic in their course, more discouraging in their treatment or more uniformly fatal, when managed expectantly, than the lesions of the brain, which are now subjected to surgical treatment.
The peculiar anatomic conditions in which the organ under consideration is placed renders the opportunity for careful observation of very rare occurrence, while the location of the vital
BOUFFLEUR AI. THE SURGERY OF THE BRAIN.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):947-953. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690007001b