Authors: Daniel L. Barrow, MD & Bernard R. Bendok, MD
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Although it is fundamentally a surgical discipline, neurosurgery requires knowledge of neurology, critical care, trauma care, and radiology. Neuroanatomy and disorders of the human nervous system may be intimidating to students and non-neurological physicians. All practitioners, however, should be familiar with some aspects of the discipline of neurosurgery. This supplement provides a basic fund of knowledge all physicians should have, regardless of their chosen specialty.
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