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July 1957

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(1):55. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330370069008

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Subarachnoid hemorrhage is covered thoroughly in this new text on that subject. By a comprehensive review of the literature and by summarizing the findings in a large number of cases studied at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, all aspects are dealt with. Ample discussion is given to the etiology, clinical picture, prognosis, and neurological and pathological findings. One chapter is devoted to the correlation of clinical and pathological features.

Particularly good is the section concerned with the comparison of medical and surgical treatment. Here the author assesses the value of both forms of therapy. He discusses the pros and cons of surgery and attempts to draw a reasonable conclusion from the diverse, and at times conflicting, previous reports and from the group he is reporting.

The author reviews 138 fatal cases of subarachnoid hemorrhage in an attempt to determine the possible value of surgery in this group. These fatal cases represented