Lasers in Neurosurgery

  • Jon H. Robertson
  • W. Craig Clark

Part of the Foundations of Neurological Surgery book series (FONS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John M. Tew Jr., William D. Tobler
      Pages 3-7
    3. Robert E. Breeze, Michael L. J. Apuzzo
      Pages 9-16
    4. W. Craig Clark
      Pages 17-28
  3. Intracranial Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. W. Craig Clark, Jon H. Robertson
      Pages 55-74
    3. Michael Salcman
      Pages 75-84
    4. Jon H. Robertson, W. Craig Clark
      Pages 85-99
    5. Marion L. Walker
      Pages 101-114
    6. Patrick J. Kelly, B. A. Kall, S. J. Goerss
      Pages 115-121
  4. Spinal Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. W. Craig Clark, Jon H. Robertson
      Pages 125-136
    3. Clark Watts, Walter J. Levy
      Pages 137-141
  5. Other Uses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Hector E. James
      Pages 145-157
    3. Robert E. Wharen Jr., Robert E. Anderson, Thoralf M. Sundt Jr.
      Pages 159-172
  6. Experimental Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. W. Craig Clark
      Pages 175-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-182

About this book


Developments in the field of instrumentation of innovative instrumentation. Although laser applications have permeated nearly every aspect are among the major contributions to human advancement. The history of surgery has seen of surgical therapy, the expectations have fre­ many revolutionary developments cause quantum quently been unrealistic and the evaluation of leaps in progress. Electrocautery, the anesthesia technological development has always been machine, computed axial tomography, and the painfully slow. The properties of vaporization, surgical microscope are all revolutionary in­ coagulation, and cutting unified in an invisible struments that have irrevocably changed the shaft of light have enabled the neurosurgeon to direction of neurological surgery. vaporize inaccessible tumors of brain and spinal In the early stages of application, there are cord, harness recalcitrant bleeding sites, and cut always detractors and valid controversy concern­ through the most formidable calcified tumors. ing the value of a new instrument. Some will The application of this new energy form in remember those who argued that the magnifica­ tandem with the surgical microscope has, in my tion and illumination provided by the micro­ opinion, extended the scope of all aspects of scope were not valuable to the skilled surgeon neurosurgery. We have much more work to do. and would prolong the operative time and in­ lt is necessary to document improved results and crease infection rates. Others may recall that demand technological advances and safe inno­ Cushing was told to abandon the blood pressure vations.


Laser Surgery anesthesia brain neurosurgery tomography

Editors and affiliations

  • Jon H. Robertson
    • 1
  • W. Craig Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TennesseeMemphisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8989-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-1763-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0922-4386
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