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December 1932

Diagnostic des tumeurs cérébrales et épreuve de l'encéphalographie artérielle.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(6):1457-1458. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240060216018

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This book is neither a handbook nor a monograph; it is a badly conceived and inadequate combination of the two. In the first 154 pages the author attempts to discuss the symptomatology and pathologic physiology of tumors of the brain, as well as localization; obviously, an impossible task in that space. Moreover, the author's statistics are derived from only 216 cases, so that he cannot speak with much authority to most neurologists.

In chapter VI, "serous meningitis" is discussed; the author includes under this heading certain forms of local arachnoiditis and of ependymitis. The use of the general term confuses the diagnosis, and a lack of clear understanding of the mechanics of the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid makes quite dubious some of the explanations of the symptoms. Nevertheless, Professor Moniz has had a wide clinical experience with these cases, and his treatment of patients by means of intracarotid injections

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