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July 18, 1953

Commotio Cerebri: Cerebral Concussion and the Postconcussion Syndrome in Their Medical and Legal Aspects.

JAMA. 1953;152(12):1181-1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690120097033

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This is a practical book for students and practitioners. It is of special value to attorneys and expert witnesses, those who have to deal with the problem in court. The author has reviewed not only the medical but also the general literature. He has drawn many descriptive references to the symptomatology of concussion from legends, folk tales, and history. It is clear that concussion has been universally recognized as a distinct clinical entity. The review shows how physicians related themselves to the problem and how knowledge of the subject slowly developed through the centuries.

The author is impressed by the fact that persons who suffer from simple concussion too often are not adequately compensated, and that attorneys and physicians employed by insurance companies frequently decide that affected patients are intentionally attempting to defraud.

The book is particularly valuable in its analysis of the mechanism of concussion. Symptoms, diagnosis, and management

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