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May 1963

Sarcomas of the Brain;

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By James W. Kernohan, MD, DPH., and Alfred Uihlein, MD. Pp. 3-192, with 94 illustrations, references, and index. Charles C Thomas, Publisher 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1962.

Arch Neurol. 1963;8(5):578. doi:10.1001/archneur.1963.00460050128015

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This is the only intelligent monograph that has ever been written dealing with the extremely rare and confusing malignant tumors of mesenchymal origin primary in the brain. Of the 8,070 intracranial tumors available to Dr. Kernohan for study there were only 241 sarcomas. Dr. Kernohan as former chief of the Section of Surgical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, had a close association with the members of his department who dealt with sarcomas outside of the brain and was therefore able to integrate the intracranial and the extracranial tumors. This has permitted him to discard the fanciful interpretations of former writers which have served only to confuse rather than to clarify. Dr. Kernohan has pursued what this reviewer believes is the only intelligent way to investigate the biological aspects of tumors; he has first described and named the different varieties of sarcomas in the brain, then assembled all of the cases

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