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May 25, 1970

Operative Neurosurgery

Author Affiliations

University of Vermont Burlington

JAMA. 1970;212(8):1381-1382. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170210085034

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The propriety of offering a text on operative surgery is well established. Such books do not encourage "cook book" surgery but rather find their rightful place as aids to the resident who wishes to prepare himself the night before he is to assist at a procedure, and also to the more mature surgeon who can benefit from the opportunity to review the approach to a lesion which he is called upon only occasionally to treat.

The third edition of this standard work fulfills the requirements very well. It is authoritative. The operations described have weathered the test of practice in the hospitals of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Each section opens with a short summary of the pertinent anatomy and physiology. The text is well illustrated and the present reviewer is pleased to find that the original drawings which were so diagrammatic as to be confusing have been