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April 21, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(16):978-979. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610160020001g

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The object of this paper is simply to add to the evidence which is gradually accumulating in favor of operative interference in these cases, and to urge that those unfortunates so afflicted shall be given a chance for relief by surgery whenever the symptoms seem to make the localization of the tumor possible.

It must be admitted that brain surgery has not yielded the brilliant results which were confidently expected to follow in the wake of the more exact means of localization and improved operative technique. This has been especially true concerning the surgical treatment of intracranial tumors, for it is in just these cases where so much was expected and predicted that the results are as yet disappointing as a rule. However, in considering the application of surgery for the relief of these cases, we should not forget the point made by Ferrier, that we are dealing with a

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