It is assumed that oxycephaly is due to premature closure and obliteration of the cranial suture lines. This is the consensus of most writers and has been stressed by them since the time of Virchow. Authors have inferred that it was known to Hippocrates and Galen. It is not my intention to enter into a full discussion of the etiologic and pathologic problems and symptomatology. All these phases have been more or less completely covered in a number of papers. The literature is replete with material relating to these aspects of the subject, but only a few cases have been reported in which relief was obtained by surgical means. Skipper, of London, stated in 1934 that "from a survey of the literature it is obvious that the surgical treatment of oxycephaly has seldom been attempted."
I desire, first, to emphasize the pathologic conditions which require treatment in some cases, to