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June 6, 1959

Medical Department, United States Army: Surgery in World War II. Neurosurgery. Volume I

JAMA. 1959;170(6):753. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010060121030

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This is the first of two volumes on neurosurgery in World War II. Part 1 tells the story of the development of neurosurgical centers in the continental United States and overseas theaters of operations. Part 2 describes the management of head injuries. Outstanding advances in this field included cranioplasty with use of tantalum plates, the treatment of speech defects, and the management of posttraumatic epilepsy. The appendixes deal with (1) courses of instruction in neurosurgery, (2) extracts from the Manual of Therapy of the European Theater of Operations, (3) special history and examination forms, and (4) battle wounds of the head and brain. This should prove to be a valuable reference book for neurosurgeons, especially those in the military service. The book is well written and illustrated and is printed on paper of a high quality. There is an index.

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