February 1974

Neurosurgical Syndromes of the Brain

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By Charles W. Needham, MD. Price, $27.50. Pp 440. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):253. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260105040

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This book, written in outline form, is a succinct summary of the anatomy, physiological nature, roentgenographic characteristics, and clinical presentation of those syndromes of the brain that may be amenable to neurosurgical therapy. No attempt is made to discuss therapy or prognosis; likewise neuropathological aspects are not presented in any detail.

The introductory chapter gives an interesting general classification of neurological signs and emphasizes the importance of precise localization and early diagnosis in the "successful surgical treatment of neurological disease." The chapter also details the roentgenographic landmarks for a new division of the brain into eight sectors, and this is said to be a "guide to cerebral correlation."

The next four chapters (77 pages) deal with syndromes of the frontal lobes (frontobasal, frontopolar, frontodorsal, and frontolateral, respectively). A mass of material has been assembled and stated concisely in these early chapters, and this definitely is the strongest part of the

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