February 26, 1997

Neurological Surgery: A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Neurosurgical Problems

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Hospital System Minneapolis


vols 1-5, edited by Julian R. Youmans, 4th ed, 3729+ pp, with illus, $795, ISBN 0-7216-5141-0, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(8):675-676. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540320077044

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There is no doubt that Neurological Surgery is the grand dame of the major neurosurgical textbooks. Originally published in 1973, the text is now in its fourth edition and continues to be the standard against which all neurosurgical texts are compared. With over 300 contributors and nearly 4000 pages of text, it is undeniably comprehensive. Despite fierce competition from other encyclopedic texts, Neurological Surgery can still be considered the authoritative guide in its field.

The text is primarily intended for practicing neurosurgeons, and it would not be fair to recommend it to the general practitioner or the internist. However, it should find its place in the library of the neurologist, neurorehabilitationist, and any other physician who has a strong interest in neurological disease. The five volumes are in a sequence unchanged from the previous edition. The first covers the general principles of neurosurgical care, radiological evaluation, and technique. Subsequent volumes