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Neurosurgical Treatment of Movement Disorders

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    Neurosurgical Treatment of Movement Disorders. Edited by isabelle m germano. (Pp 276). Published by AANS, Illinois, 1998. ISBN1-879284-58-8.

    This volume is one in the seriesNeurosurgical Topics published by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. It provides an excellent introduction to what is a fast moving and increasingly important area of clinical neuroscience.

    The book deals with neurosurgery for excessive or insufficient movement, mainly in the context of Parkinson's disease but also covering hemifacial spasm, torticollis, and dystonia. It is divided into five sections. The first is an overview of classification, clinical features, neuropathology, and neuroimaging. The second describes in detail indications, techniques, and results of ablative surgery while the third covers restorative procedures by neurostimulation or by neural grafting. The last two sections cover ongoing technical developments in surgery for Parkinson's disease, and surgery for hemifacial spasm, spasmodic torticollis, and dystonia. Nearly 40 contributors have contributed a total of 19 chapters, all of which are clearly written and well referenced. Two of the authors appear under the misapprehension that Parkinson wrote in 1917 rather than 1817. However, this publication provides a comprehensive and very practical guide not only for neurosurgeons but also for neurologists and other clinical neuroscientists.

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