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September 1946

Les gliomes infiltrés du tronc cérébral.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(3):363. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300200120011

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If evidence is necessary of the outstanding achievements of the French scientists, it is furnished by the magnificent book of Guillain, Bertrand and Gruner, written in the spirit of their masters Charcot and Marie, whom all neurologists may proudly call their masters. A surprising fact is the presentation of this first French postwar book in the usual, fine manner of the Masson publishers.

The book discusses those not infrequently encountered infiltrating gliomas of the brain stem (5 per cent of a series of 250 tumors of the brain) which frequently occur in childhood and present diagnostically misleading signs. Headache, though present, does not indicate that the intracranial pressure is increased with these growths. Papillostasis is absent in 60 per cent of cases. These tumors are accompanied with fever, suggesting the diagnosis of encephalitis or of acute multiple sclerosis, and the signs (hemiplegia or paraplegia associated with cerebellar signs) are not