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December 15, 1978

Current Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1978;240(25):2778. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290250082046

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This book, the proceedings of a 1976 symposium, contains 33 chapters treating diverse subjects of operative neurosurgery. Included in most of the chapters is information about patient selection, diagnostic criteria, perioperative care, and tabulations of results as well as descriptions of surgical procedures. The broad range of subjects includes a number of procedures that are innovative or interesting. Among the topics dealt with are transbasal approach to the base of the skull, carotid-cavernous fistulas, tumors of the orbit, hypophysectomy, surgery of the vertebral column, and various topics in the surgery of brain tumors.

This work is not a comprehensive treatment of operative neurosurgery. For example, the only cranial nerve operation presented is a percutaneous rhizotomy, and there is little material about arteriovenous malformations. No space is devoted to hydrocephalus or to the craniofacial dysostoses. Some procedures are described in great detail while others are not. The illustrations and photographs vary