Herniation of posterior cranial fossa contents was almost unknown before the
publications of the Austrian pathologist Hans Chiari. Although other earlier,
scattered, and single descriptions of the various types of hindbrain
malformations that he studied had been made, it was Chiari who comprehensively
described and categorized these pathological entities. This book presents the
first English translation of Chiari's 1896 masterpiece on hindbrain herniations.
The importance of these works in the history of medicine cannot be overstated.
It is this monumental publication that would go on to pave the way for a better
understanding and the development of surgical techniques to treat what has
appropriately become known as the