by Norman H. Horwitz and Hugo V. Rizzoli, 472 pp, with illus, $55, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1982.
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Drs Horwitz and Rizzoli are to be complimented for performing the monumental task of describing postoperative complications of intracranial surgery. In this volume, to be followed by a second volume delineating complications associated with spinal surgery, there is a comprehensive review of all aspects of complications relating to intracranial neurological surgery.
The book covers the general complications accompanying intracranial surgery, including brain edema, postoperative hemorrhage, wound problems, and sepsis, as well as neurological deficits. The various aspects of complications are further categorized into intracranial neoplasms, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, head injuries, cranial operations for pain, intracranial infections, and congenital and acquired defects. Each chapter is excellently referenced and gives a historical background into various factors that affect mortality and morbidity in the various surgical procedures.
This edition, which is a revision of a 1967 text, again is invaluable to the neurosurgical community. One must be aware that certain complications occur, so
Grand W. Postoperative Complications of Intracranial Neurological Surgery. JAMA. 1983;249(22):3100. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460072044