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"The authors synthesize material from the major reference texts that residents generally use to study for the boards...Dr. Citow, et al., have undertaken a major endeavor and residents will be grateful for their hard excellent review for the written neurosurgical boards and is recommended to all neurosurgery residents." --Journal of Neurosurgery<br><br>"Eminently practical...a fresh didactic instrument...valuable for the medical student and resident." --Child's Nervous System<br><br>"A thorough review of all seven sections tested on the neurosurgery written board examination...a 'must have'...this book will go on to gain fame and appreciation among neurosurgery residents...highly recommended..." --Young Neurosurgeons Newsletter

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I wrote this book using the notes that I scribbled down while studying for the neurosurgery oral board examination. This book is not intended to serve as a replacement for the classic neurosurgical texts, but as a supplement to the knowledge gained during the long years of residency and in the early stages of practice. I tried to focus on the major aspects of diseases that a neurosurgeon may encounter, both in clinical practice and on the examination. For a more thorough helping of knowledge, consider thumbing through the texts in the reference list. My favorite is Comprehensive Neurosurgical Board Review, but I may be a little biased. That book was geared for the written boards, but the anatomy, pathology/radiology, neurology, and neurosurgery sections provide useful information that is not covered in this text. I must admit that I was a tad intimidated by the oral examination before I lived through it. I expected hear "So Dr. Citow can you please show me the incision for the hypoglossal-pundendal nerve anastomsas used for people who constantly speak out of their asses…" But it really was a fair test and a surprisingly pleasant experience. I truly got the sense that the examiners are out to reinforce their preconceived notion that the examinee (you) is indeed competent (not the other way around) and makes reasonable decisions. They are not out to trick you with obscure details. Stay relaxed and suggest exactly what you would do in everyday practice (not at the Mayo Clinic) and all will be fine. The only disheartening aspect of the test is that none of the examiners smile (but this may be their baseline state) or acknowledge that you are correct, but neither do your patients in the hospital, unless they have been on the Internet. . . . Good luck!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Thieme; 1 edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865778892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865778894
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Daniel Refai graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He completed a neurosurgery residency at Washington University in Saint Louis. Throughout residency, he obtained numerous patient-care and medical-teaching distinctions.

After completing residency, he augmented his training with a spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. His contributions to the medical field include numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals as well as book chapters in neurosurgical and orthopedic textbooks. More recently, he is the coauthor of a neurosurgical board review book published by Thieme Medical Publishers.

Dr. Refai lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and daughter. He currently practices neurosurgery and spine surgery. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and running.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "tantawy" on June 1, 2000
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I finally found myself in that book. I thought I was lost going through big texts of neurosurgery and I could not grasp all the information needed to pass my exam. Now that this amazing book is available I'm sure I will pass the exam . It provides a good frame for studying and contains all one needs to prepare for the neurosurgery exam. It saves time and a lot of effort . I envy younger neurosurgeons because this work is now available at their hands.. study will be much easier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rt73 on December 30, 2005
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Description: This is a valuable and helpful resource that contains most of the fundamental information that a neurosurgery resident needs to know in order to pass the written boards. The book is written by specialists in a variety of disciplines, mainly neurosurgery, neurology, and pathology from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Purpose: The book is targeted to junior and senior neurosurgery residents, who typically have little time available to absorb the massive amount of literature pertaining to the neurosurgical science. The purpose is primarily to provide a comprehensive board review for neurosurgery residents. This is a worthy and important objective and the book largely meets it. The material can also be very helpful to academic neurosurgeons engaged in teaching activities, physicians from variable specialties, medical students, and other health care professionals attentive to the field of Neurosurgery.

Audience: "Young Neurosurgeons preparing for the hurdles for professional examinations will find this to be a most valuable aid". The authors are credible authorities and have an exact understanding of what their audience wants and needs from this comprehensive review.

Features: A wide variety of topics are concisely reviewed with a special focus to deliver take home messages. The sequence of chapters is defined in the preface and the book is divided into six chapters: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Critical Care. The index is very helpful and the book is supplemented by a considerable number of fine quality illustrations.

Assessment: This is a valuable neurosurgery review book for the written boards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MIDWINTER on November 27, 2009
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This is a perfect example of works that matured over the years into a kind of a legend. It's an excellent review source for board exams and the FRCS(SN). Personally, I think it's a must have for neurosurgical residents and registrars. Having said that, I must say, this book is NOT "neurosurgery for dummies". It is only a review book designed to draw your attention to important points and emphasize its significance. It's not designed to cover all and everything you need to know!.

1) It is much more refined than the previous edition.
2) It is much more organised
3) Appears to Include Citow's other books under one cover. I don't recommend buying them if you buy this one.
i.e. a) "Neuoradiology and neuropathology :a review" --> LINK : Neuropathology and Neuroradiology: A Review
b) "Neuroanatomy and neuropysiology :A review" --> LINK :Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology: A Review

1) All in American units ... Any edition for the European market?
2) Errors in the book i.e some "RIGHT side" miraculously became "LEFT side" in the book.

If you are considering something to cover the whole curriculum to go along with the comprehensive neurosurgery board review then consider the following new release....--> LINK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jose vindas c on July 28, 2013
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thank you very much the shipping and the product is very good, come to my country in good condition, I have no complaint about exposing
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