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March 1974

Neurological Surgery.

Arch Neurol. 1974;30(3):272. doi:10.1001/archneur.1974.00490330080018

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The declared aim of this three-volumed work is to be a reference guide for the diagnosis and management of neurosurgical problems. Many of the 112 chapters are well balanced, with extensive reference lists, some containing more than 100 entries, mostly from the North American literature. Each volume has a complete index of the entire work.

Keeping such an extensive work up to date in view of the technically expanding subject matter seems possible only if principles rather than detailed methods of approach are emphasized. Since methods are apt to represent the current conviction of a particular surgeon, the Editor indicates in the Preface that he has attempted to balance the beliefs of his authors with contributions from proponents of opposing views. Indeed, such an approach is exciting but impractical. As a consequence, some topics are viewed eccentrically.

The Editor's task in coordinating the efforts of 126 contributors is monumental, largely

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