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September 1969


Arch Neurol. 1969;21(3):342. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480150132020

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Myelographers throughout the world might be broadly divided into two groups —the "gaseous" and the "oily." In Scandinavia and adjacent countries air myelography is preferred and oily contrast substances are avoided like the plague. The situation is almost reversed in the United States and Britain. This must surely be one of the most remarkable examples of national preference or prejudice in the whole of medicine.

Professor Jirout is a dedicated and meticulous neuroradiologist with considerable experience in gas myelography and he is convinced that this technique has important advantages over positive contrast myelography. As he reviews the history of myelography, one is reminded that the literature on certain subjects may be very misleading— the authors of articles so often have "an axe to grind" and tend to show the best or the worst of a procedure rather than the average experience. Both oily and water soluble contrast materials for

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