Medicine: Drain for the Brain

The baby was suffering from a stubborn form of hydrocephalus (water on the brain): spinal fluid, collecting in his skull cavity, caused his head to enlarge and threatened to squeeze the brain so that the child's mental development would be arrested. Some hydrocephalus cases can be treated with fair success by putting a tube in the spinal canal half way down the back and draining the fluid from the brain through the spinal canal into the urinary system. But this child, son of a Philadelphia industrial technician named John W. Holter. was in a...

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