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May 31, 1952

Essentials of Neurosurgery

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By Leslie C. Oliver, F.R.C.S., Neurosurgeon, West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London. Cloth. 25s. Pp. 198, with 50 illustrations. H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., 136 Gower St., London, W.C.1, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(5):522-523. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930220112031

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This is an elementary and rather superficial presentation of the subject of neurological surgery. It discusses operative technique, anesthesia, and the symptomatology and treatment of the various conditions confronting the neurosurgeon. The book presents nothing new except the brief concluding discussion on the surgical treatment of Parkinsonism. The author states that section of the lateral corticospinal or pyramidal tract in the cervical spinal cord has failed to give permanent relief from the tremor. This is in accord with the observations of Olivecrona, Le Beau, and others. Oliver now advocates an almost complete hemisection of the spinal cord for this purpose.

This book is similar to, but less complete than, the one by Loyal Davis published in this country. More detailed information is to be found in the books by Percival Bailey and by Ernest Sachs on intracranial tumors, the section by Walter Dandy in Lewis' "Practice of Surgery," and the

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