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December 1985

Neurosurgical Giants: Feet of Clay and Iron

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Rochester, NY


edited by Paul C. Bucy, 459 pp, $65, New York, Elsevier North Holland Inc, 1984.

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(12):1140. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060110018008

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This delightful book could have been written to prove to neurologists that neurosurgeons are human. It is a collection of brief biographies of distinguished pioneers in that discipline edited by an outstanding surgeon, Dr Paul Bucy, who knew almost all of the people described. The individual essays were written by an assortment of co-workers or close friends, many of whom are noted for their own contributions to the field. In only a few instances were the subjects not known personally by the authors.

In addition, there is a sprinkling of biographical notes concerning others who contributed a great deal to the formative years of neurosurgery while working in such fields as pathology, radiology, and neurology.

The stories are fascinating and bring to life the characters as well as the early struggles of so many leaders of 40 or 50 years ago, at a time when they are beginning to be

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