Physical Aspects of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Physical Aspects of Stereotactic Radiosurgery


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Physical Aspects of Stereotactic Radiosurgery by M.H. Phillips

When I first proposed this book, one of the hopes was that it would be the stage upon which would be conducted a quiet, well­ reasoned discussion of the various techniques of stereotactic radio­ surgery. At that time, there was quite a bit of rancorous debate that tended to obscure the scientific and medical merits of each of the separate methods. At the present time, I am happy to report that the field of stereotactic radiosurgery is much less riven by such inappropriate posturing. The field has taken many steps towards maturity, both technically and medically. In the course of this mat­ uration process, there have been many grandiose plans and speeches made on behalf of stereotactic radiosurgery. Inevitably, the reality will not live up to the hype, but such is the natural course of devel­ opment in these sorts of matters. However, even though events may not match our hopes, we should keep in mind the words of Herbert Parker. Recognizing that new modalities for the treatment of cancer do not stand much chance of revolutionary success, nevertheless, he quite correctly pointed out that " . . . with any type of radiatiQn, the margin between success and failure is small. If the chance of success is a little greater . . . thi~ might well be classed as a great advance. " Mark H.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781489912558
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Edition description: 1993
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (M.H. Phillips). Charged Particle Method (K.A. Frankel, M.H. Phillips). Focussed Gamma Radiation (J. Arndt). Focussed XRadiation (G.H. Hartmann). Biologic Basis for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (R.P. Levy et al.). Clinical Applications of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (R.P. Levy, J.I. Fabricant). Index.

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