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Book Review: The Art of Pterygium Surgery–Mastering Techniques and Optimizing Results

Editor: Arun C. Gulani, MD Publisher:  Thieme – 163 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Excellent outcomes has been the desire, and the ultimate goal of this book’s editor Dr. Arun Gulani in all his work, dating as far back as on his days as a resident in ophthalmology, and perhaps even way before that. Many of us have heard the saying: “Where there is a will, there is a way.” If your will is to perform at your peak level, then by all means arm yourself with the latest available knowledge in your sub-specialty within your specialty, familiarize...

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Book Review: Navigation and Robotics in Spine Surgery

Editors: Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD; Jaykar R. Panchmatia, MA; I. David Kaye. MD;   and Srinivas K. Prasad, MD Publisher:  Thieme – 211 pages, with 125 illustrations Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The specific aim of this book is to fill the need for techniques-based knowledge in the use of robotics in spine surgery. While robotics in itself is a relatively new method in surgeries of all kinds, and has many advantages over traditional surgery, its use is still not widespread because of the challenges posed by what is often referred to as a ‘learning curve’, both in knowledge and...

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Book Review: Operative Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery, 2nd edition

Editors: Gordon H. Baltuch, MD: and Arthur Cukiert, MD Publisher:  Thieme  – 237 pages, with 437 illustrations Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Worldwide, nearly 39 million people had epilepsy in 2015. Of these, there were 125,000 deaths, accounting for around one-third of one percent of the total.  But the 2015 number of deaths doubled from 112,000 from 25 years earlier in 1990. Why was that the case? First, take note that about 80 percent (31.2 million) of 39 million epilepsy cases occurred in developing countries in 2015, where information on correct and effective treatment, much less access to treatment,...

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Book Review: Surgery of the Brainstem

Editors: Robert F. Spetzler, MD, Yashar Kalani, MD, and Michael T. Lawton, MD Publisher:  Thieme – 473 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The brainstem has been described in the surgical community as ‘a fool’s errand’ because it is nearly ‘unsurmountable,’ the editors of this book write in their Preface.  The good news is that recent advances in anesthesia, imaging, instrumentation, monitoring, and rehabilitative care, and surgical technique, have made it easier to approach this and other areas of the human brain. However, it is essential that the physician have an honest and frank discussion of the risks involved...

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Book Review: Vietnam under French Rule (1919-1946) – The Nationalist Challenge and the Japanese Threat – 4 Volumes

Editors: Robert L. Jarman and K.E. Evans Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 3,308 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Volume 1: 1919-39 (898 pages) Volume 2: 1939-44 (750 pages) Volume 3: 1944-45 (917 pages) Volume 4: 1945-46 (743 pages) This four-volume book published in 2017 is on the formation of French Indochina in 1887, its existence as such for some 60 years until 1946, and later, the pursuit of independence, nationhood, and unification by the people of three formerly separate regions that constituted Vietnam (Annam, Cochin china, and Tonkin), and by the Cambodian and Laotian people. This book has...

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