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December 1986

Balzac's 'Pierette': An Early Description of Chronic Subdural Hematoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurological Clinic, State University Hospital, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(12):1291-1292. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520120067020

• In his novel Pierrette, written in 1840, Balzac describes a case of chronic subdural hematoma, including its traumatic origin and surgical treatment. The description was written at a time when subdural hematoma was not seen as a separate clinical entity, and was generally thought to be the result of inflammation.