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August 5, 1974

The Surgery of the Central Nervous System: A Textbook for the Postgraduate Students

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1974;229(6):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230440068048

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This massive text for postgraduate students is largely the work of one experienced British neurosurgeon whose personal opinions give color and flavor uncommon in these days of symposia and compendia. He has deliberately omitted most operative details, leaving these to personal tutelage at the operating tables, special articles, and atlases. Surgery of peripheral and sympathetic nervous systems is also omitted.

What is presented is a practical exposition of surgery of the central nervous system, each chapter of which contains etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms and signs, modes of treatment, and end results. The presentation is actually clinical surgical neurology, emphasizing study of the nervous system. There is an amount of neuropathological detail in keeping with the three general references at the end of the preface—Greenfield's Neuropathology, Russel and Rubinstein's Pathology of Tumors of the Nervous System, and Wilson's Neurology.

Outstanding are the sections on decision-making; where alternative treatments are available, advantages and