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March 1949

Neurosurgical Pathology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(3):338. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310090113013

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Abstract

The best part of this book is the illustrations, although even some of these are dubious examples of the conditions described in the text. The author gives his concepts of swelling, injuries, tumors and abscesses of the brain and adds a chapter on hydrocephalus. None of these subjects is handled in satisfactory fashion. The attention of the reader is constantly distracted by superlatives ("tremendous, enormous, extreme") and by careless writing, such as: "The most common type of lesions is that in which the nervous parenchyma is transformed into fat granule cells." There is a silly colored drawing showing the large arteries and veins of the cerebral hemisphere coursing through the white matter to be distributed in arborizations within the cortex. In the chapter on trauma there is no mention of fat embolism, although two illustrations present the characteristic gross picture, and the case history of a crushing injury with subcutaneous

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