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October 1, 1892

SURGICAL INTERFERENCE IN CEREBRAL DISEASES OF CHILDHOOD.Read by Title in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(14):400-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420140014001f

It is the object of this paper to consider the advances made in the pathology and surgical treatment of the cerebral diseases of childhood. It is not deemed necessary to recite the history of this progress, nor to enter largely into the discussion of the theories upon which much of the modern surgical interference is founded. There can be no question as to the advisability of interference by surgical means when the known pathological conditions are such as to warrant the hope for improvement. But gross theoretical speculations as to the pathology, such as have been advanced relative to microcephalus, are not scientific and are not sufficient to admit of operative procedure. Starr has rightly said, that the solution of the problem of operative treatment, in cerebral diseases of childhood, must be based upon two conditions: First, the pathology of the cases; and secondly, upon the results of experience when