August 1984

Concepts in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurosurgery Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85724


vol 4, edited by Robin P. Humphreys, 392 pp, with illus, $139, New York, S Karger AG, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(8):754. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140460046016

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Pediatric neurosurgery has emerged as a distinct subspecialty in the field of neurosurgery. This volume contains the scientific presentations of the sixth annual meeting of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery and reflects some of the latest research and clinical thoughts of these ultraspecialized persons. A uniquely valuable feature of this book is the editorial comment by Humphreys that follows each paper; although succinct, these editorial comments serve to review the subject matter in general and place the presentation in proper perspective.

There are 26 chapters, each an original contribution by a well-known pediatric neurosurgeon. The first chapter by Vries details a comprehensive computerized information management system for a pediatric neurosurgical practice; this establishes the current and vital nature of the remaining articles. Although not divided into specific sections, the first 14 chapters primarily deal with developmental abnormalities. They range from an excellent investigational study of neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage in

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