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June 25, 1997

Cerebrovascular Disease

Author Affiliations

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH

JAMA. 1997;277(24):1980-1981. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540480080047

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Dr Batjer and his associate editors have produced an excellent book. As a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, I have come to rely on two previous texts, Neurovascular Surgery, edited by Carter, Spetzler, and Hamilton (McGraw-Hill, 1995) and Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management, second edition, edited by Barnett, Mohr, Stein, and Yatsu (Churchill Livingstone, 1992) and consider them the standards against which other textbooks are judged. Cerebrovascular Disease must now be included in this small group. Indeed, this text, not as detailed from a surgical perspective as the first and with less of a medical neurology slant than the second, is the best single volume reference on the topic of cerebrovascular disease I have seen.

The editors have recruited outstanding authors from the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology, neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuroanatomy, critical care medicine, and molecular biology to present a comprehensive picture of cerebrovascular disease. This is a Herculean task and, in an