In the early 1950s Koop pioneered the use of a shunt for draining excess cerebrospinal fluid from the brain (called hydrocephalus,
or "water on the brain") into the peritoneal cavity (located in the lower abdomen), thereby preventing an abnormal
enlargement of the head and resulting mental retardation. In his autobiography, Koop recounts that after reports of his successful
treatment appeared in the media, reports such as this one in The Saturday Evening Post, parents from all parts of the country
arrived at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, some of them by house trailer, in search of relief for their hydrocephalitic
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Spencer, Steven M.
Periodical: Spencer, Steven M. "Surgery Saved the Day." Saturday Evening Post, (1953). Article. 4 Images.
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