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My subject might perhaps have been named more appropriately cranial surgery, as I wish to report nine cases of injury to the head; all of them, however, interfered with the function of the brain, and in three of them there was actual destruction of brain tissue. Of these nine cases, four recovered completely, one improved so much, that we have reason to believe that he will in the course of time, recover sufficiently to be of some use to his family. Four died. As we have yet much to learn concerning the diagnosis and management of injuries to the head, and as all of them have their own peculiarities to a certain extent, it seems to me an accurate report of such cases will be of advantage to us; and undoubtedly we will have to depend largely upon clinical experience for the advancement of this work in the future. This
SCHAEFER FC. BRAIN SURGERY, WITH REPORT OF NINE CASES.Read in the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(5):141–147. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420570001001
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