The editors of this timely volume of The Science and Practice of Surgery have managed to organize a complex and controversial medical and surgical topic (cerebrovascular insufficiency) into a scholarly, readable book.
The basic science aspects (epidemiology and pathogenesis) are carefully detailed and completely referenced. The differential diagnosis of transient cerebral ischemia is covered well and the chapter on cardiac causes of transient neurologic disturbances is excellent. The clinical treatment of patients with transient ischemic attacks is well presented. The authors are careful to adhere to the strict definition of transient ischemic attacks. The chapters on neuroradiologic and noninvasive investigations are excellent and state of the art. The book describes both medical and surgical management for carotid territory as well as vertebrobasilar transient ischemic attacks.
This book summarizes current knowledge regarding etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of transient ischemic attacks. It is superbly referenced and appropriately illustrated and is a must