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Radiosurgery and Pathological Fundamentals

Editor(s): Szeifert G.T. (Budapest) 
Kondziolka D. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
Levivier M. (Brussels) 
Lunsford L.D. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 

Status: available   
Publication year: 2007
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Progress in Neurological Surgery , Vol. 20
Editor(s): Lunsford L.D. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
XXXII + 400 p., 131 fig., 66 in color, 33 tab., hard cover, 2007
Status: available   
ISSN: 0079-6492
e-ISSN: 1662-3924

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It is my pleasure to review this text; Radiosurgery and Pathological Fundamentals. The editors; Drs Gregory T. Szeifert, Douglas Kondziolka, Marc Levivier, and L. Dade Lunsford, are all known names in Neurosurgery, and especially in Radiosurgery. The distribution of the all-notable contributors from various continents makes the book all the more appealing.
The editors have adopted a reader-friendly approach, with 131 figures and 33 tables. The book emphasizes the basic principles in radiosurgery, which include medical radiophysics, radiobiology, and pathology, in an easy-to-understand format.
The initial nine chapters are appropriately focused on history, basic radiosurgical principles, patient selection, and treatment strategies. The next three chapters discussed in detail the management of cerebral vascular malformations, functional disorders, and intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy of cystic craniopharyngioma and inoperable gliomas. Of significant interest are the explicit discussions on radiosurgical management of ocular disorders and spinal neoplasms, topics that are now receiving significant attention around the world. The current trends and future perspectives are well elaborated.
The book concludes with an epilogue titled, 'The future of Radiosurgery.' As indications continue to expand, radiosurgery is now daily becoming more an integral part of the comprehensive management of the neurosurgical patient.

This volume is highly recommended to all trainees and experts in the fields of Neurosurgery, Radiosurgery, Radiology, Pathology, Medical physics, Neurology, Oncology, and other related fields. It is a must-have on the library shelf of physicians treating patients with this technology.

Muhammad R. Mahmud, MBBS
Neurosurgery Division, Department of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
(Visiting: Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, Chicago, Ill.)
Published online: WFNS Book Reviews
New insights discussed by acknowledged experts
Because of the huge clinical experience that has been accumulated in radiosurgery, it seems timely to explore and process out systematically pathological fundamentals on the effect of focused irradiation. The better understanding of radiobiology will enhance the outcomes of radiosurgical procedures. Renowned experts from all over the world discuss the baselines of pathology and radiobiology, medical physical principles, dose prescription guidelines, current radiosurgical techniques, advanced computer technology and recent imaging methods in radiosurgery. In this unique volume the most pioneering feature is the parallel discussion of clinical radiosurgical results with fundamental pathological findings following high-dose focused irradiation. Topics range from benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations, functional disorders, ocular and spinal radiosurgery, interstitial brachytherapy to experimental efforts.
This publication gives neurosurgeons, radiosurgeons, radiologists, pathologists, medical physicists, neurologists, oncologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists as well as nuclear medicine and medical information technology experts an excellent understanding of the latest development of pathological fundamentals and new trends in radiosurgery.