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The emotions and flights of imagination which the honor of receiving the first edition, fresh from the press, of the magnum opus of a Paré or a Hunter might rouse in the breast of a humble reviewer would be food for abstract conjecture. Such an honor has come to this one in the form of Harvey Cushing's new book on the meningiomas. Compiled with patient care and consummate art, in a fragmentary way at first and concentratedly in the last five years, it is truly a stupendous record, nowhere equaled in the world.
The thoughtless reader in his approach to this masterpiece would do well to ponder some of the historical facts. Among them are these: When Cushing had his first opportunity, in 1908, to attack an intracranial meningioma, surgery of the brain was a crude side line of general surgery, with virtually none of the essential present day specialized
Meningiomas: Their Classification, Regional Behavior, Life History, and Surgical End Results. Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(3):657–658. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270150231022
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