Medicine: MIO

Surgeons in plays and cinemas who whisper "Brain tumor!" behind the doomed victim's back give laymen the impression that these disorders are rare. But Dr. Harvey Williams Gushing, famed Yale brain surgeon, declares that no part of the body, with the possible exception of the uterus, is as troubled by such malignant growths as the brain. Dr. Gushing has made the acquaintance of more than one thousand brain tumors and one of the commonest, most rapidly growing and most immediately fatal types—the spongioblastoma—comprises one-third of his cases. Surgical removal is sometimes effective but...

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