In regard to operation for tumor of the brain Sir William Gowers wrote in 1893: "The danger is not yet fairly indicated by the published facts." He spoke at a time when the few surgeons who had successfully opened and closed the cranial cavity were still a little awed by their own temerity. Perhaps they hesitated to assess their early results with too critical an eye, fearing, like pioneers in other fields, that if they stopped to look back they might lose heart and never enter the promised land of new surgical endeavor.
Two thousand tumors of the brain, with corresponding histologic preparations, have been transferred from the former services of Dr. Harvey Cushing in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital to the pathologic department of the Yale University School of Medicine. This unique collection, with complete copies of the clinical records and the results of
TUMOR OF THE BRAIN AND USEFUL SURVIVAL. Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(2):399–401. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260080171015
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