This monograph's title and the reputation of its author were at once inviting. The small size and reasonable price further suggested something suitable for assigned reading by students and junior house staff. The book proved to be disappointing on all counts.
If for no reason other than to explain exactly what the author means by "removable," this book needs an introduction. In chapter 1, "Neurological Examination," 33 of 34 pages are devoted to the cranial nerves, a remarkably unbalanced account even if one could justify inclusion of such material in a monograph on brain tumors.
Chapter 2 covers "Investigations." Few neurosurgeons would agree that biopsy or craniotomy may be undertaken on the basis of a positive radioisotope brain scan without further investigation. The description of "standard carotid angiography" (four lateral and three anteroposterior exposures after common carotid injection with the patient under general anesthesia) is out of date and unnecessarily