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Like its 1982 predecessor, the second edition of Pediatric Neurosurgery, authored by members of the Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, sets out at some length the thoughts of its members and some appropriately chosen guests on the present-day practice of pediatric neurosurgery.
The aim of the first edition was said to be to provide "a volume of practical information useful to the student or practitioner, laying emphasis on considerations of fundamental pathologic anatomy and physiology, diagnostic considerations and the application of various modalities of treatment to the conditions encountered by neurosurgeons." The second edition was presented as an update, preserving the book's fundamental design but intended to "be of interest to neurosurgeons, neurologists and those who care for children with disease or injury affecting the nervous system" and thus enlarging the target audience to those who will consult or collaborate with pediatric neurosurgeons as