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March 1995

Physical Aspects of Stereotactic Radiotherapy

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Cleveland, Ohio

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(3):234. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540270022009

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Abstract

The preface states that "the purpose of this book is to explain the physical principles of stereotactic surgery and to describe the role they play in the treatment of patients."

The editor and his contributors, who are radiation physicists and therapists, have succeeded in accomplishing their stated mission in this small and relatively inexpensive volume. While this treatise has not been designed with the neurologist or neurosurgeon in mind but, rather, for the radiation oncologist who is using, or planning to use, this form of focused radiation technology, there is much that the neurologic clinician can learn from this publication. In line with the purpose of this book, great emphasis has been appropriately placed on providing the reader with an understanding of the basic physical principles underlying the effects of radiation on the biological systems (primarily on neural tissue). Granting that the physics of radiosurgery can be difficult to present

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