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November 24, 1956

Head Injuries and Their Management

JAMA. 1956;162(13):1267. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300067031

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The book, which is small enough to slip into a coat pocket, is a brief description of the essentials in diagnosis and treatment of head injuries for residents and the practicing surgeon and physician. There are succinct chapters on the mechanisms of head injury, nonsurgical lesions of the brain, surgical conditions such as hematomas, scalp wounds, skull fractures, penetrating wounds of the brain, and a few paragraphs on infections and other complications, including post-traumatic epilepsy, cerebral palsy, the post-traumatic syndrome of headache, "dizziness" and nervousness, and neuroses, psychoses, and rehabilitation. Discussions of pneumography, angiography, and electroencephalography are so brief as to be of no particular value. A good selective bibliography and an adequate index conclude the volume. Within its limited aims, the volume contains no serious errors except those of omission. Precisely, it is a primer, of limited value for students, interns, and residents. There is nothing here for neurologists

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