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 Monthly Journals:

American Journal of Neuroradiology

Annals of Neurology

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Journal of Neurosurgery

Journal of Neurosurgery Spine

Journal of Neurotrauma


NeuroReport: An International Journal for the Rapid Communication of Research in Neuroscience


Neurosurgical Clinics of North America

Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery



Stroke: A Journal of Cerebral Circulation

Surgical Neurology

Techniques in Neurosurgery

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

List of books for initial reading by the neurosurgical student and resident:

Principles of Neural Science by Kandel and Schwartz Jessell- McGraw Hill

Neurologic Differential Diagnosis by Patten, John - Springer-Verlag Telos

Localization in Clinical Neurology by Brazis, Masdeu, Biller

Neurosurgery by Williams and Wilkins, or comparable sections of Neurological Surgery by Youmans:


                        Volume One: Parts 1-V (all sections)

                                                Parts VI, B, 65: Gliomas

                                                Part VI, C, 67: Brain Metastases   

                                                Part VI, D, 71: Meningiomas

                                                Part VI, N, 126: Spine Metastases

                        Volume Two: Part VII, A, 139-142: Cerebral Blood Flow, Energy

                                                            Metabolism, Ischemia

                                                Part VII, B, 159: Cerebral Aneurysms

                                                Part VIII, A: Head Trauma

                        Volume Three: Part XII (all sections): Spine Disorders


Microneurosurgery Volume 1 by Yasargil- Thieme

Handbook of Neurosurgery by Greenberg- Thieme

The following is a partial list of other important neurosurgical books for the resident:

Aids to the Examination of the Peripheral Nervous System

The Guarantors of Brain- Saunders

Atlas of Adult Electroencephalography- Lippincott

Atlas of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery- Mosby

Atlas of Neurosurgery Basic Approaches to Cranial and Vascular Procedures- Churchill-Livingstone

Atlas of Operative Microneurosurgery Vol 1 & 2 Tew, Van Loveren- Saunders

Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery Kline, Hudson & Kim- Elsevier 2001

Atlas of Tumor Pathology Tumors of the Central Nervous System Third Series Fascicle 10 Burger & Scheithauer- AFIP 1994

Barr’s The Human Nervous System An Anatomical Viewpoint- Lippincott

Basic Neurochemistry Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects- Lippincott

Biological Psychology An Introduction to Behavioral Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience- Sinauer Associates, Inc

Brain Tumors Kaye & Laws- Churchill-Livingstone

Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism-  Lars Edvinsson, Diana N. Krause

Controversies in Neuosurgery Al-Mefty Origitano Harkey- Thieme

Controversies in Spine Surgery Volume 1 Surgical Techniques and Medical Treatment- Quality Medical Publishing Inc

Cranial Base Surgery Robertson Coakham Robertson- Churchill Livingstone

Current Techniques in Spinal Stabilization Fessler & Haid- McGraw Hill

Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography Osborn- Lippincott

Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology Sartor et al- Thieme

Electrodiagnostic Medicine Dumitru et al- Lippincott

Endoscopy of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System King Frazee Desalles- Thieme

Endovascular Neurological Intervention Maciunas- Thieme AANS

Entrapment Neuropathies Dawson et al- Lippincott

Essentials of Spine Microsurgery McCullough & Young- Lippincott

The Gliomas Berger & Wilson- Saunders

Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Cocchiarella & Andersson- AMA press

Handbook of Neuroanesthesia Clinical and Physiologic Essentials Philippa Newfield, James E. Cottrell, Thomas Herrick Milhorat- Lippincott

Infections of the Central Nervous System Scheld Whitley Durack- Lippincott

Intensive Care in Neurosurgery Andrews- Thieme

Low Back Pain Medical Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management Borenstein Wiesel Boden- Saunders

Mayo Clinic Examinations in Neurology Mayo Clinical Department of Neurology- Mosby yearbook

Meningiomas Al-Mefty- Raven Press

Microneurosurgery Volumes I, II, IIIa, IIIb, IVa, IVb Complete set vols. 1-4B Yasargil- Thieme

Neuro-ophthalmology Glaser- Lippincott

Neuroradiology Ramsey- Saunders

Neurosurgical Operative Atlas Volumes 1-9 AANS vol. 1 -vol 9 Thieme

Neurosurgical Procedures Personal Approaches to Classic Operations Wilson- Williams Wilkins

Neurotrauma Narayan Wilberger Povlishosck- McGraw Hill

Neurovascular Surgery Carter et al- McGraw Hill

Nuances of Neurosurgical Technique Heifetz- Thieme AANS

Operative Atlas of Meningiomas Ossama Al-Mefty- Lippincott

Operative Nerve Repair and Reconstruction Gelberman- Lippincott

Operative Neurosurgical Techniques (2 Volume Set) Indications, Method, and Results Schmidek & Sweet- Saunders
Operative Techniques in Pediatric Neurosurgery Albright Pollack Adelson- Thieme

Pediatric Neurology Menkes & Sarnat- Lippincott

Pediatric Neuroradiology Ball- Lippincott

Pediatric Neurosurgery Surgery of the Developing Nervous System American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons- Saunders

The Pediatric Spine Principles and Practice Weinstein- Lippincott

Post-operative Complications in Intracranial Neurosurgery Post / Friedman / McCormick- Thieme
Principles of Neurosurgery Rengachary & Wilkins- Wolfe

Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery Albright Pollack Adelson- Thieme

Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Traumatic Brain Injury Rosenthal- FA Davis

Restorative Neurology Advances in Pharmacotherapy for Recovery After Stroke Goldstein- Futura

The Spine Rothman & Simeone- Saunders

Spine Surgery: Tricks Of The Trade Vaccaro - Thieme

Sundt’s Occlusive Cerebrovascular Disease Meyer- Saunders

Surgery of Cranial Base Tumors Sekhar & Janecka- Raven

Surgery of the Third Ventricle Apuzzo- Williams Wilkins

Surgical Management of Low Back Pain Resnick & Haid- Thieme

Surgical Techniques for Saccular and Giant Intracranial Aneurysms Sundt- Williams and Wilkins

Surgical Treatment of the Epilepsies Engel- Lippincott

Textbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Gildenberg & Tasker- McGraw Hill

Transcranial Doppler David W. Newell, Rune Aaslid- Lippincott

Tumors of the Pediatric Central Nervous System Keating Goodrich Packer- Thieme

Viral Infections of the Nervous System Johnson- Lippincott