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June 1925

Tumors of the Spinal Cord. The Symptoms of Irritation and Compression of the Spinal Cord and Nerve Roots. Pathology, Symptomatology, Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(6):811-812. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200120132014

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This is an excellent, complete and up-to-date treatise. The arrangement is rather unusual, probably because the work is essentially personal and is largely composed of a number of addresses and lectures by the author "covering the last ten years." A study of eighty-one cases of spinal cord tumors observed by Dr. Elsberg during a period of twelve years forms the basis of the book.

After a brief but adequate historical introduction and three pages on etiology and incidence, 230 pages are devoted to case reports, these being divided into extramedullary tumors (fifty-four cases) extradural tumors (fourteen cases) and intramedullary tumors (thirteen cases). Of the extramedullary growths, those of the conus and cauda equina (twelve cases) are considered as a subgroup. Most of the cases are reported in considerable detail, including results of operation, with numerous diagrams of sensory symptoms, and photographs and photomicrographs. These reports constitute a rich mine of

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