A Brief History of the Understanding of Cerebrospinal Fluid

  • Robert M. Herndon


The history of knowledge of the cerebrospinal fluid and its pathways is more complex than is initially apparent. A few names in the history, such as Magendie and Quincke, are well known to all, but important contributions were made by many lesser-known figures, and the contributions of some of the major figures are not as isolated nor as clear-cut as they appear. This chapter presents a short history of our knowledge of the subject and attempts to show some of the more important interactions and the interplay of ideas that led to new discoveries and the acceptance of new ideas.


Cerebrospinal Fluid Herpes Zoster Lumbar Puncture Subarachnoid Space Fourth Ventricle 
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