Landmark Papers in Neurosurgery

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Evidence-based medicine is a concept that has come to the fore in the past few years. Clinicians are increasingly encouraged to practise patient management based on available evidence in the scientific literature. For example, new pharmacological therapies are only used when large randomized trials have 'proven' that a particular drug is better than existing ones. This is also the case in surgical specialties, although surgery has traditionally seen a lack of use of this information, with individual surgeon's preferences being most influential in treatment choices. However, more recently, there has been a large expansion of trials and studies aimed at providing surgeons with information to guide their choices using firm evidence.
This book provides a detailed summary of the most important trials and studies in neurosurgery, allowing the reader to rapidly extract key results. Each chapter is written by a prominent international neurosurgeon in that particular field, making this book essential reading for all neurosurgeons and trainees in the field.

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Current medical practice dictates constant investigation for supporting experimental and/or clinical evidence. This book details the groundwork for current neurosurgical practice, providing a detailed summary of the most important trials and studies in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the current research and clinical evidence for the practice of neurosurgery.
Audience: Neurosurgeons, neurologists, nurses, physician assistants, and professionals directly linked to the care of neurological and neurosurgical patients are the intended audience.
Features: Multiple authors give their personal insights into quality management and the clinical practice of neurosurgery based upon current research and clinical evidence. This is an important book, particularly in light of healthcare reforms in which evidence-based medicine will not only dictate the way we practice, but also how we get paid for what we do.
Assessment: This is an excellent compilation of classic papers that demonstrate evidence-based approaches in neurosurgery. It should be an integral part of any neurosurgical, neurological, or general medical library in institutions where neurological patients are cared for. It is well worth its price.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199591251
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2010
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Reuben Johnson, Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

Alexander Green, Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

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Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction RD Johnson AL Green xvii

1 Neurovascular Neurosurgery AL Green RD Johnson RSC Kerr 1

2 Neuro-oncology RD Johnson KJ Drummond KJOL Khu M Bernstein 51

3 Head injury RD Johnson T Santarius JE Wilberger 103

4 Spinal surgery RD Johnson JCD Leach WA Liebenberg N Maartens SA Cudlip 163

5 Functional and epilepsy neurosurgery AL Green RD Johnson A Astradsson RJ Stacey TZ Aziz 205

6 Paediatric neurosurgery RD Johnson P Richards J Jayamohan S Sinha 257

Index 277

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