Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Philip L. Gildenberg and Ronald R. Tasker, 2174 pp, with illus, $350, ISBN 0-07-023604-6, New York, NY McGraw-Hill, 1998.
Textbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, at 5 parts, 23 sections, and 222 chapters, certainly qualifies as a tome. Beyond the implied detail of such a book, however, Drs Gildenberg and Tasker have provided the reader with an interesting and, at times, fascinating collected work that thoroughly reviews this field of medicine.
The main parts of the text deal with stereotactic principles, image-guided stereotaxis, stereotactic radiotherapy, functional stereotaxis, and future technological advances. Within these parts are multiple sections and chapters that cover each topic in exquisite detail. In general, early chapters cover the history relevant to a more thorough understanding of each topic. These chapters are often written by the original investigators and hardware designers. The relevant physiology and basic anatomy are discussed, after which the authors examine the technical details of frame-based and frameless systems with an appropriate emphasis on engineering and imaging principles.
NeurosurgeryTextbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. JAMA. 1998;279(15):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.279.15.1225-JBK0415-7-1