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June 26, 1967

Surgical Treatment of Progressive Hydrocephalus: By Means of a Ventriculocardiac Shunt Using the Spitz-Holter Valve System

JAMA. 1967;200(13):1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120260084028

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This book presents both a critical analysis of the author's personal experience and an objective evaluation of the surgical procedures used by others in the treatment of hydrocephalus. He makes an attempt to correlate the surgical technique with the physiology of cerebral-spinal fluid circulation and the realities which one must face in undertaking the treatment of this disease: time to operate, indications for surgery, surgical technique, complications which one may expect, the functional results, and the maintenance of these hydrocephalic children.

The bibliography is pertinent, the illustrations are clear and well described, and the text contains a meaningful introduction and a straightforward summary.

The author's success in accomplishing his stated purpose of presenting a critical analysis of the ventriculocardiac shunt, using the Spitz-Holter valve, makes this comprehensive, though concise, monograph excellent reading for those who are interested in the surgery of hydrocephalus.