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June 1932

VENTRICULOGRAPHY AND ENCEPHALOGRAPHY: THEIR VALUE IN THE LOCALIZATION AND TREATMENT OF INTRACRANIAL LESIONS

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Neurosurgical Clinics of the University Hospital and the Post Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(6):1310-1341. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230180039005
Abstract

A precise diagnosis of the exact character and position of a lesion of the brain is often difficult. Clinical symptoms may be scanty or misleading, and even after a conclusion is reached as to the real nature of the disease the question of proper therapy must be decided. Many intracranial conditions are not amenable to direct treatment in the light of present knowledge. The protean manifestations of cerebral syphilis can be benefited if treated in time. Surgery has shown in the last twenty-five years how much may be accomplished by prompt exploration when a tumor, an abscess or a posttraumatic scar is present. Cerebral syphilis and surgical lesions in general, however, are the only intracranial conditions that can be materially improved by methods now available.

Since surgery provides the readiest means of relief for certain conditions, an early recognition of the proper indications for operative intervention is important. It is

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