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August 1958

Brain Tumors, Their Biology and Pathology

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(2):196. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340080066015

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This volume is a succinct dissertation on the pathology of brain tumors, based on Dr. Zulch's analysis of 4000 personally examined cases.

The subject is approached systematically and fairly traditionally. The clinical expressions of intracranial neoplasms are largely omitted. The author employs a classification of brain tumor which is similar to, though not identical with, that of Bailey and Cushing. Clinical behavior is given more weight in biological evaluation than is histological appearance. After a historical review of previous classifications and the exposition of the present one, the general principles of brain neoplasia are set forth. There are short sections on causal theories of brain tumor, methods of spread, general and specific cellular characteristics, and the reaction of the brain to new growth. There follow individual sections on the detailed neuropathology, both gross and microscopic, of the various tumor subgroups.

The brevity of the volume has resulted in the omission