Although it would appear from the title that this volume has a limited appeal, it turns out to have interest for pediatricians, radiologists, and neurologists, as well as neurosurgeons. It deals with that facet of pediatric neurosurgery concerned with congenital defects.
Hydrocephalus takes up an important part of the book, with Raimondi's elaboration of how to use angiograms in evaluating the size and cause of hydrocephalic ventricles, Paoletti and Villani's discussion of use of radioactive isotopes in diagnosing pediatric neurosurgical ailments, and therapy of congenital hydrocephalus by Pertuiset.
Malformations of the structures in and around the foramen magnum are discussed by Driesen and Schmidt. A major subdivision is midline anomalies of the spine which include congenital dermal sinuses (described by Wright), meningoceles (Hemmer), syringohydromyelia (Ballantine, Ojemann, and Drew), spondylolisthesis (MacNab), diastematomyelia (Hendrick) and spinal arteriovenous malformations (radiology by DiChiro, Doppman, and Ommaya; diagnosis and treatment by Yaşargil). There is a