Neurosurgery: The Essential Guide to the Oral and Clinical Neurosurgical Examination is the first book of its kind to cover the International and Intercollegiate FRCS Specialty Examination in Neurosurgery. It will also help you prepare for the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) examination and other neurosurgical examinations around the world. Written by neurosurgeons, this book is a hands-on guide that translates basic science and theories of neurosurgery into clinical practice. This comprehensive resource takes a standardized and logical approach to the clinical neurosurgical examination. Based on the authors’ own clinical practice, teaching and examination experiences, this book provides candidates with a firm grasp of neuroscience and the ability to solve problems under pressure.
Scenario- and patient-based, the book covers history-taking, clinical examination, differential diagnosis, investigations, management, treatment options and potential complications. The text is based on the Royal College of Surgeons of England and U.S. board syllabuses. In addition to serving as a reliable preparation resource for the neurosurgical examination, it will also be invaluable in your future surgical practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Essential Clinical Examination Guide
The Long Cases
The Short Cases
Operative Surgery and Surgical Anatomy
Investigation of the Neurosurgical patient including Neuroradiology
The Non-Operative Clinical Practice of Neurosurgery
Consent and Management
Miss Vivian A. Elwell is currently working as a Post-CCT Senior Spinal Fellow at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Miss Elwell’s awards include the Swinford Edward Silver Medal Prize for her OSCE Examination; the Columbia University Research Fellowship at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, USA; the Columbia University King’s Crown Gold and Silver Medal Awards; the Kathrine Dulin Folger Cancer Research Fellowship and the ‘Who’s Who Young Scientists Award’. In 2010, she was a finalist for the BMA’s Junior Doctor of the Year Award. Miss Elwell received her BA from Columbia College, Columbia University, and her MA from the University of Cambridge. She earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the Imperial College School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Mr Ramez Kirollos is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. His main clinical interests include anterior and middle skull base, pituitary and pineal surgery, and surgical treatment of arteriovenous malformations. A passion for neurosurgical technique based on the thorough understanding of anatomy has accompanied Mr Kirollos’ neurosurgical training and forms the basis of his surgical practice. Dr Kirollos oversees weekly registrar teaching sessions at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and serves on the faculty for Neuroanatomy of Operative Approaches and the British Neurosurgical Trainee. In 2006, Dr Kirollos was elected as a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2010, for his commitment to surgical education, he received the prestigious Silver Scalpel Award. He is the chairman of the British Neurovascular Group (2013-2015).
Mr Syed Al-Haddad is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland. He commenced his neurosurgical training at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, where he developed his interest in neuro-oncology research. He undertook further training in neurosurgery in Manchester, Leeds, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He has been actively involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is a faculty member for Leeds and Edinburgh operative neuroanatomy courses. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Mr Al-Haddad is the founder and director of the highly successful Aberdeen FRCS (SN) Viva course, which gives practical advice to neurosurgeons preparing for the challenge of the neurosurgical exam.