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Edoardo Agosti, MS

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 12:40

Functional Neurosurgery


Publication date:
November 2008

This book offers step-by-step guidance on the latest techniques for the management of movement disorders, epilepsy and pain. The underlying physiological and pathological principles are explained, as are current surgical procedures and the management of postoperative complications. This book also includes discussions of contemporary topics such as radiosurgery for movement disorders, cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain and novel technical approaches for the insertion of deep brain stimulator electrodes.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017 08:47

Skull Base Cancer Imaging



Eugene Yu and Reza Forghani





Publication date:

December 2017



Considering the anatomical complexity of bone, vascular and nervous structures of the skull base, medical imaging is essential for identifying neoplastic lesions and planning their treatment.

Thanks to the contribution of experienced radiologists, head and neck surgeons, neurosurgeons and oncologists, this book is presented as an imaging-focused guide on various neoplastic diseases affecting the skull base, with a detailed analysis for each anatomical region. Chapters are divided based on anatomical location, including cranial fossae, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and petroclival and lateral skull base.

This book covers fundamental principles relevant to radiology, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology residents and clinicians who care for patients with head and neck neoplasms.


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Monday, 23 October 2017 10:01

Neurovascular surgery (2nd Ed.)


Robert F. Spetzler, M. Yashar S. Kalani, Peter Nakaji





Publication date:

June 2015



This book covers all the aspects related to neurovascular pathologies and their neurosurgical and endovascular treatment. The spectrum of neurovascular pathologies treated includes: ischaemic stroke and vascular insufficiency, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous fistulae and malformations, aneurysms, vascular tumors and more. For each pathology underlying science and clinical applications are described. “Neurovascular Surgery” is a fundamental reading for all general, vascular and endovascular neurosurgeons.


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P Reilly, R Bullock


CRC Press, 2005


This book offers a systematic evaluation of traumatic brain injury, trying to tackle the most difficult and challenging management problems facing clinicians in the management of traumatic brain injury. Inside there are several sections devoted to various aspects of traumatic brain injury, as classification of mechanisms of injury, classification of traumatic brain injury, physiological mechanisms involved in neuronal damage, measuring and monitoring the injury, pediatric head injury, missile wounds, outcome prediction, brain death, treatment. Detailed guidelines-based management algorithms are provided in the appendices.






Curtis A. Dickman, Michael G. Fehlings, Ziya L. Gokaslan





March 2006



Spinal column and spinal cord tumors are relatively rare (approximately 3 to 4 times less common than intracranial tumors) with a variable incidence of 0.9 to 2.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants each year. Despite the relatively low impact from an epidemiological point of view, they are certainly an important chapter in the field of neurosurgery both for diagnosis and for the management of patients.

Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Tumors: Principles and Practice is a text that fully addresses all aspects of tumours in this region, providing a detailed analysis of the anatomy, pathology, evaluation, diagnosis, and management techniques of spinal column and cord tumors.

From a therapeutic point of view, both neurosurgical and non-surgical treatments such as systemic and intrathecal chemotherapy, embolization techniques, external beam radiation
therapy, brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery are addressed.

This book is a comprehensive text, lending insight into current techniques in managing these for all neurosurgeons and residents.



Currently neurosurgery capacity in low- and middle-income countries is far from adequate due to staffing shortages, limited resources and poor bed space. There are about 33,000 neurosurgeons around the world, but more 91,000 will be needed to manage the 14 million additional patients who need neurosurgical treatment every day. This paper describes an ongoing collaboration between the Mulago Hospital Department of Neurosurgery (Kampala, Uganda) and Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA) as a replicable model to meet the needs of developing and developed countries.

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With the establishment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a major progression has been made to identify the most prevalent public health challenges affecting low-middle income countries (LMICs) and the possible strategies for overcoming them. The priorities in surgical advancement have been stratified according to urgency ("must do", "should do" and "can do") based on a context-dependent framework.

In the case of neurosurgery and its global advancement, we must take into account the various issues in LMICs, such as low staffing, poor resources and lack of bed space. Initially, global neurosurgery has sought to make neurosurgical care accessible for common specific conditions such as pediatric hydrocephalus and intraventricular hemorrhage among premature infants.

However, significant gaps remain in the provision of neurosurgical care for the majority of surgically-amenable conditions. To address these problems, collaboration between neurosurgeons, health economists and public health officials is needed to find the most appropriate solution. In this way, the development of high-priority procedures and strategies that are relevant and achievable by various LMICs in the neurosurgical field can be ensured.

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This book focuses mainly on social and rehabilitative issues related to many forms of serious brain injury. While not addressing the aspects of neurosurgical practices of traumatic brain injuries, in my opinion this is an essential read for all neurosurgeons to develop an understanding of psychological and behavioral considerations. Neurobehavioural Disability and Social Handicap Following Traumatic Brain Injury offers the possibility to comprehend the pre- and post-operative problems of the patient, with a detailed assessment of the aspects related to social, behavioral, rehabilitative and family education.

Tom M. McMillan, Rodger Ll. Wood

Psychology Press

 Publication date:
17 feb 2017

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Author: Samer S. Hoz, MD
Editor: Springer
Publication date: 13 apr 2017

The seven chapters of this book cover the major vascular pathologies of Central Nervous System. The book includes multiple-choice questions examining all aspects of the pathology: definition, related anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical features, radiology, surgical decisions and nuances of operative technique. Overall, it is a useful book to study, giving the reader a comprehensive overview of vascular pathologies in the CNS.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:49

Navigating the ventricles

Dr. Albert Rhoton Jr. reviews the anatomy and approaches related to the lateral and third ventricles. In particular, the choroidal fissure and transchoroidal approaches are described in detail. Surgical anatomy of the optic radiations, amygdala, hippocampus, fornix and choroidal arteries is also reviewed.