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March 1955

Neurosurgery of Infancy and Childhood.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(3):462. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010464028

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Ophthalmolgoists will find this a valuable book because of the frequency with which intracranial lesions first manifest themselves in ocular signs and symptoms. Strabismus, of sudden onset, is a frequent and early sign in the commonest form of intracranial tumor in childhood. Papilledema is notoriously a diagnostic sign in all space-taking lesions of the cranium.

Although considerable space, naturally, is taken up with operative techniques which do not primarily interest the ophthalmologist, plenty of space is devoted to ophthalmological subjects. The most valuable chapters are those on hydrocephalus, head trauma, and intracranial tumors. A separate chapter on tumors of the orbit emphasizes the transfrontal approach. The only serious error which could be found from an ophthalmological point of view was the failure to mention glaucoma in the chapter on the Sturge-Weber syndrome. This is unfortunate, since all those who deal with these cases should be reminded of the frequency of

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