EDITOR'S LETTER: Mirabile Visu
Michael L.J. Apuzzo
FOREWORD: The Brain and Cranial Base: Microsurgical Anatomy and Surgical Approaches
Albert L. Rhoton, Jr.
PART 1: OPERATIVE TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR NEUROSURGERY
1: Operative Techniques and Instrumentation for Neurosurgery
PART 2: THE SUPRATENTORIAL CRANIAL SPACE: MICROSURGICAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL APPROACHES
1: The Cerebrum
2: The Supratentorial Arteries
4: The Cerebral Veins
5: The Lateral and Third Ventricles
6: The Anterior and Middle Cranial Base
7: The Orbit
8: The Sellar Region
9: The Cavernous Sinus, the Cavernous Venous Plexus, and the Carotid Collar
PART 3: THE POSTERIOR CRANIAL FOSSA: MICROSURGICAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL APPROACHES
1: Cerebellum and Fourth Ventricle
2: The Cerebellar Arteries
3: The Posterior Fossa Veins
4: The Cerebellopontine Angle and Posterior Fossa Cranial Nerves by the Retrosigmoid Approach
5: Tentorial Incisura
6: The Foramen Magnum
7: The Far-lateral Approach and Its Transcondylar, Supracondylar, and Paracondylar Extensions
8: The Temporal Bone and Transtemporal Approaches
9: Jugular Foramen
10: The Posterior Fossa Cisterns
- A reissuing of the formative 2003 publication that defined and codified microsurgical approaches in neurosurgery
- Featuring more than 2000 full-color photos
- An essential learning and reference tool for students and mid-career professionals in neurosurgery
Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches is the master work of the legendary neurosurgeon Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. — a distillation of 40 years of work to improve safety, accuracy, and gentleness in the medical specialty the author helped shape.
Newly reissued and featuring more than 2000 full-color illustrations, this definitive text on the microsurgical anatomy of the brain remains an essential tool for the education and enrichment of neurosurgeons at any career stage. It fulfils its author's hopes to make, in his words, the "delicate, fateful, and awesome" procedures of neurosurgery more gentle, accurate, and safe.
Across three sections, Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches details the safest approaches to brain surgery, including:
- Micro-operative techniques and instrument selection
- Microsurgical anatomy and approaches to the supratentorial area and anterior cranial base, including chapters on aneurysms, the lateral and third ventricles, cavernous sinus and sella.
- Anatomy and approaches to the posterior cranial fossa and posterior cranial base, including chapters on the fourth ventricle, tentorial incisura, foramen magnum, temporal bone, and jugular foramen
- Supra- and infratentorial areas, including chapters on the cerebrum and cerebellum and their arteries and veins
Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., Former Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Florida, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
ALBERT L. RHOTON, JR., MD (1932-2016), was a pioneer in the field of microsurgical neuroanatomy. Along with more than four decades of practice and research at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida, he served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society, the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, the Florida Neurosurgical Society, and the International Society for Neurosurgical Technology and Instrument Invention. Dr. Rhoton was a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine, graduating with the highest academic standing in the class of 1959. He completed his neurosurgical training at Washington University and joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1965. He became Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida in 1972.
Cranial Anatomy and Surgical Approaches, considered his magnum opus, was first published in 2003. THE CONGRESS OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit cns.org.