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November 1948

Neurosurgical Pathology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;40(5):577. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900030590012

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This book is a concise, interesting and easily read presentation of the pathology of cerebral disease as it confronts the neurosurgeon. In essence, the volume consists of (1) a discussion of changes produced by trauma to the head and spinal cord, and (2) a description of the various cerebral neoplasms and their prominent clinical manifestations.

The opening chapter is devoted to the author's concept of cerebral edema and its role in producing intracranial pressure. This chapter offers the neuro-ophthalmologist much thought-provoking material and opens avenues for explanation of a number of anomalous circumstances associated with choked disk (low pressure at lumbar puncture; small tumor causing high intracranial pressure). Even those who do not subscribe entirely to the author's physiologic concepts must accept the reasonableness of the argument on the basis of present knowledge.

Pathologic changes which occur after nonpenetrating injury to the central nervous system are interpreted in terms of

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