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March 1923

BRAIN ABSCESS. Its Surgical Pathology and Operative Technic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1923;9(3):415-416. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1923.02190210134008

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The author was possessed of considerable enthusiasm for his subject when he wrote this book, but enthusiasm is essential if one expects to present something worth while. Throughout the work, the author constantly tries to impress on the reader the great importance of detail; therefore, the most minute point in technic is carefully set forth and emphasized. This is an excellent feature, for such attention to detail is seldom found in works on general surgery, and in no field of surgery is detail more essential to success than in surgery of the brain.

While the author's classification of brain abscesses has some merit, it leads to much repetition of description, but perhaps he believed that only in that way could his views be sufficiently impressed on the reader. At times the text is somewhat disappointing, for instance: "In the surgical treatment of encapsulated abscess one of two principles is employed:

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