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May 21, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(21):1727-1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210007003

The incidence of automobile accidents has increased to such an extent that public attention is being directed to the problem. The attendant bodily injuries make the treatment one of the few surgical problems of public welfare. Because of these injuries, increased attention on the part of both hospitals and physicians must be directed to their care. A large percentage of these cases present head injuries which are attended with a high mortality. My purpose in this paper is to analyze carefully a series of 141 consecutive cases of head trauma admitted to the Neurological Service at the Jewish Hospital, Philadelphia, from May 1933 to May 1936.

Among the many reports in the literature on the treatment of head injury, too few contain careful uniform statistics, and frequently there is no uniform method of analysis. This results in a great variation in accepted modes of treatment. For example, some hospital statistics

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