The front cover of this text shows neurosurgical pioneer Dr. Harvey Cushing on rounds almost a century ago with residents, students, and nurses examining a patient after a craniotomy.
It is truly extraordinary to see this patient without all the bedside machines, monitors, and tubes we are used to seeing today. Although the science and technologic armamentarium have progressed over the years, the true didactics of neurosurgery remain essentially as they were at the time this picture was taken. The amount of information required to complete neurosurgery residency training can be very intimidating and broad. The diagnosis and management of neurosurgical diseases is an ever-advancing field that remains challenging for both the trainees and mentors. The purpose of this book is to provide diversified coverage of the multiple disciplines that are involved and intertwined in the understanding, care, and treatment of neurosurgical patients. Although its primary use will be for review purposes by the trainee, resident, or medical student prior to being “pimped” by their mentor about topics in neurosurgery, the book also provides a handy reference guide that the reader can fall back upon in reviewing specific topics as they relate to simple and complex neurosurgery and neuroscience issues. The book is divided into two sections including basic and clinical neurosciences.
The sections are further composed of four to five subsections including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuropharmacology, cranial neurosurgery, spine, peripheral nerves, neurology, and neuroradiology. By providing this organization we have attempted to cover all categories involved in the practice and understanding of neurosurgical diseases, both from a basic science and clinical standpoint. With 23 authors, contributors, and collaborators from four countries, including not only neurosurgeons but also specialists in neuropathology, neuroradiology, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, and neurology, we have attempted to cover as broadly as possible—yet in a concise manner—specific topics that will come up in the day-to-day evaluation and treatment of neurosurgical patients.
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