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From The CriticsReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Since publication of the first edition of this atlas in late 1990s and early 2000s, significant development has occurred in functional neurosurgery, in particular regarding target accuracy and imaging technology. This book is a representation and summary of the progress in this area.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an update on functional neurosurgery strategies, methods, technology, and possible complications.
Audience: Neurologists, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, and neurosurgeons are the intended audience.
Features: This update covers concepts of frameless stereotaxy, magnetic resonance imaging guidance, radiosurgery, and deep brain stimulation. Divided into three main areas — epilepsy, pain, and movement disorders — the book describes techniques, surgical indications, possible and expected complications, and ways to avoid them. Leading experts relate their personal experiences to provide a real-life look at the management of complex scenarios in functional neurosurgery. The second edition was needed due to the significant developments in the field over the past decade that have allowed precise treatment of conditions that would otherwise continue to plague patients.
Assessment: This is a masterpiece of artistry and clinical information on the comprehensive approach required for surgery for pain, epilepsy, movement disorders, and other conditions. It is an essential update to the classic neurosurgical operative atlas series and should be in major neurosurgical, neurological, and general medical libraries.