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April 2, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440660045004

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The operation of lumbar puncture, which has now been before the medical profession for some years, is now perhaps beginning to drop out of sight, or at least to be less prominent in medical literature than was the case two or three years ago. It is not meant by this to say that it is becoming obsolete or that all interest in it has been lost, for certainly that is not the case, but the zeal with which it was at first taken up has somewhat lessened as the novelty diminished with time and the claims of its therapeutic efficiency became less prominent. That it has not met the expectations of its advocates as a remedy for cerebrospinal pressure in various conditions where it is abnormally increased seems to be a fact, notwithstanding the testimony as to its effectiveness in certain cases by very high authorities. That on the other

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