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This is an extremely well written book that describes with clarity all the neurosurgical techniques currently in use. The format is attractive, the illustrations are copious, and there are historical outlines of each major procedure that add interest. In addition, there are numerous descriptions of the anatomy and function of various structures related to the central and peripheral nervous system that are useful for review. They include, for example, brief discussions of the greater superficial petrosal nerve, the deep cerebral veins, and vertebral arteries. Pertinent notes on pathophysiology are added where necessary. In discussing the vertebral arteries, for instance, the role of cervical trauma is mentioned as a possible cause of intermittent or enduring vertebral artery insufficiency.
A few minor omissions are the following: too scanty a description of psychomotor seizures of temporal lobe origin; no mention of small capillary telangiectases whose rupture frequently result in deep intracerebral hematomas; and
Pool JL. Operative Neurosurgery. Arch Neurol. 1964;11(1):101–102. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460190105010
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