Producing a multiauthored short review of the entire field of neurosurgery might seem an insurmountable task. John Gillingham, however, edited such a volume by thoughtfully selecting 14 British authorities on diseases of the nervous system. Eleven of the authors are neurosurgeons. In a review of less than 400 pages, the space has been used economically by emphasizing the more common problems that the neurosurgeon encounters. Eighty percent of the book is devoted to chapters discussing neuroradiological diagnosis, head injuries, cerebral vascular disease, neoplasms, pediatric neurosurgery, and spine problems. This has been well balanced by excellent up-to-date reviews of neuroanesthesia and the neurosurgical management of intractable pain, extrapyramidal disorders, psychiatric disease, and intracranial infections.
For the most part the chapters are concisely written and contain essential information. As an exception the section on neuroradiology, unfortunately the first chapter, is filled with intricate technical details of neuroradiological procedures, filling space which could