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October 1969

Central Pain: A Neurosurgical Survey.

Arch Neurol. 1969;21(4):445. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480160117017

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A survey of the neurosurgical literature related to pain secondary to central nervous system lesions, as the title implies, is exactly what the authors of this excellent monograph have achieved. The major emphasis of this work is related to pain of iatrogenic origin occurring in lesions placed by neurosurgeons attempting to relieve more peripheral pain related to disease process. A secondary emphasis is placed upon spontaneous pain occurring secondary to surgically placed lesions utilized for the treatment of nonpainful conditions. The monograph, therefore, has developed into a massive review of the literature on this subject which will serve as a great reference value to students of this problem.

The excellent bibliography, while crossreferenced via the authors index and subject index, is of great assistance and attests to the huge amount of effort which must have gone into this compendium of information.

The arrangement within the volume, namely that of presenting

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