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These three volumes can only be described as encyclopedic on the history and state of knowledge of this troubling disorder and its management through 1981. It was surely a monumental task to assemble and collate the available data.
The bibliography numbers more than 4,000 references and volume 3 is devoted to a series of 12 appendices for the first two volumes. The first three appendices summarize all the published case material, more than 5,000 patients, exclusive of the 6,368 case reports entered into the Cooperative Study with which frequent comparison is made. The cases are summarized in 275 pages in logical order as to variables such as site, size, single or multiple, adult or childhood, and occurrence in pregnancy. The other nine appendices list the patients with specific conditions associated with aneurysms, such as arteriovenous malformations, systemic disorders, trauma, and infection.
Volume 1 (20 chapters) surveys the incidence, natural history,
Drake CG. Intracranial Aneurysms. JAMA. 1984;252(14):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350140070037
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