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There has never been a time in the history of man when certain morbid conditions affecting both sexes were not classed as incurable. The list grows less, however, and there is every reason to believe that by careful and patient work an epoch may yet be reached when we may be able to successfully attack many, if not all, of these affections with reasonable hope of retrieving the sufferer and restoring him to the normal.
Until recently, among these conditions much was left to medicine alone, but the list is growing less by the intervention of the art of surgery, which has reduced the list very materially.
Prominent among those of frequent occurrence is hematocele of the brain (apoplexy) due to rupture of Charcot's "artery of cerebral hemorrhage," accompanied by hemiplegia, aphasia, etc., producing pressure symptoms rather than destruction of brain tissue. We know that if we can remove this
JOHN D. MILLIGAN. TREPHINING FOR APOPLEXY. JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1803–1804. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240033018