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April 28, 1962

Cerebral Apoplexy; Types, Causes and Patho-Genesis

JAMA. 1962;180(4):350. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050170082033

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"Cerebral apoplexy" is a confusing term to even the most experienced physician and an enigma to the conscientious student. The author defines it as "a sudden disease caused by spontaneous, endogenic, non-inflammatory circulatory disturbances involving cerebral blood vessels."

Sections of particular interest are the location and extension of apoplectic cerebral lesions following embolic cerebral occlusions, apoplectic cerebral lesions in patients suffering from permanent arterial hypertension, and arteriosclerotic apoplectic lesions.

Emphasis is placed upon the pathogenesis of these lesions with the consideration of organic vascular involvements and vascular ruptures as causes of cerebral disease and neurogenic circulatory disturbances as causes of extra- and intracerebral conditions.

The author's references are numerous and thorough, special attention being given to the historical pattern of the disease. The book is suited primarily for the researcher and historian, but it should be interesting to all who deal with this subject.

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