Intensive national efforts to expand research into causes, treatment, and prevention of head injuries was urged in Chicago by a group of 47 scientists.
Head injuries in the United States constitute a major health problem that is "grossly neglected," they said.
Members of the group were participants in a Head Injury Conference sponsored at the University of Chicago by the American Neurological Association, the American Physiological Society, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and the National Institutes of Health. The meeting was the outgrowth of similar, smaller conferences across the nation during the previous 18 months.
In an unusual move, a press conference was called at the conclusion of the Chicago meeting. Four scientists served as spokesmen for the conference. They were: Joseph P. Evans, MD, professor of neurological surgery, University of Chicago; A. Earl Walker, MD, Division of Neurological Surgery, the Johns Hopkins University; William F. Caveness, MD, associate director