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March 3, 1989

Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods and Results

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Medical School Minneapolis

University of Minnesota Medical School Minneapolis

JAMA. 1989;261(9):1346-1347. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420090112046

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These two volumes have been compiled for the purpose of assisting neurological surgeons, both novice and experienced, in the selection and performance of operative procedures. I believe the subtitle "Indications, Methods and Results" is more ambitious than is required for this type of book, and a limited number of the chapters fulfill all three assignments. Most chapters are primarily concerned with methods of operative procedures, and that is the forte of this book. The more elusive topics of indications and results are, in many instances, too difficult to document or too complex to dogmatically state in this limited forum.

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