- Vincent A Thamburaj, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Apollo Specialty Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Textbook of Contemporary Neurosurgery is primarily directed at Neurosurgical Trainees. Young Neurosurgeons and those in related disciplines will also appreciate and benefit from the material in the book. While the textbook covers topics that every general Neurosurgeon should be knowledgeable at, it is beyond the scope of this work to address the specific needs of subspecialists. This book covers the entire field of general neurosurgery, including neuro-rehabilitation. There are 121 chapters organized into 14 sections in two volumes. The chapters on Evidence-based Medicine for Neurosurgeons, Ethics in Neurosurgery, Genetics in Neurosurgery, Familial Tumor Syndromes of the Central Nervous System, Biomechanics of Spinal Stabilization, Stem Cells in Neurology, and Neurological Physiotherapy are some of the chapters not usually found in general neurosurgical textbooks. The discussion on developmental disorders is very illustrative. The section on ‘Infections in Neurosurgery’ will be informative to the Western world. The wide spectrum of brain tumors has been discussed most comprehensively. The recent neurosurgical interest in spine surgery is well reflected in section ‘Spine and Spinal Cord Disorders’. Each chapter attempts to draw together all current relevant information and integrates theory and practice in contemporary neurosurgery for a comprehensive learning experience. The concise and practical style is deliberately chosen to make this textbook easy to consume. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the topic and ends with key practice points for a quick review of the topic. All chapters follow the same format so that there are no inconsistencies in style or content. The reader, find this book informative, interesting and easy to read. The book is useful for the postgraduate students, neurosurgeons who have to look after all kinds of neurosurgical problems in the community and the medical practitioners who need some guidance about neurosurgical problems in their own specialties. The quality of information and presentations in the book can even help the neurosurgical experts in the areas of their own interest.