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March 19, 1904

THE USE OF SILVER FOIL TO PREVENT ADHESIONS IN BRAIN SURGERY.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(12):763-765. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490570017001d
Abstract

The formation of adhesions involving the cortex of the brain and its covering membranes is the rock on which the ultimate success of many otherwise brilliant and successful operations on the brain is wrecked. The harmful influence of posttraumatic and postoperative adhesions of the surface of the brain in the production of epilepsy is universally recognized, and many suggestions have been put to application by the surgeon to prevent this occurrence, but only too often do we find that after a brilliant localization of a brain tumor or other cortical lesion by the neurologist, and a faultless operation by the surgeon, the terrible fits after a momentary pause recur with all the old vigor and frequency. It is unfortunately true that operative treatment in the large majority of the cases of epilepsy due to distinct local lesions is a failure, owing to the formation or re-formation

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