Book review: The Evidence for Neurosurgery
Edited by: Zoher Ghogawala and others
Published by: tfm publishing Ltd
Format: Hardcover, 484 pages
This book is absolutely fantastic as a comprehensive, legible and modern reference for the evidence-based practice of neurosurgery. It cites all of the landmark studies but, most importantly, it frames the basis for what is known and what is not for every area of practice. With this foundation, the reader is then able to go back to the literature and appreciate on-going debates, dilemmas, and questions.
Neurosurgery represents one of the most specialised areas in modern medicine. Today, more than ever, patients with neurological disorders seek opinions from a variety of specialists and are often treated by teams of physicians.
This textbook aims to examine some of the most controversial areas of neurological surgery by applying the current evidence to illuminate our understanding of the pathophysiology of each disease and the outcomes from surgical and non-surgical treatments.
In the first chapter, Clinical evidence, the reader will gain an understanding of the levels of clinical evidence and will learn what types of study designs are appropriate and in which situations.
The textbook is then divided into six sections: Spine, Vascular, Tumour, Paediatrics, Functional and Trauma.
Each section’s editors have provided a brief synopsis of the specific challenges within each field followed by chapters that provide the current evidence in areas where clinical uncertainty lies.
This is a wonderful volume and a must-read for those wanting to be as evidence-based as possible.
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