Society of British Neurological Surgeons Review Greenberg’s Handbook of Neurosurgery, Tenth Edition

Timothy L. Jones from the Society of British Neurological Surgeons has reviewed Greenberg’s Handbook of Neurosurgery, Tenth Edition. Find more information about the Society of British Neurological Surgeons here.

Thieme are pleased to share Timothy’s review below:

Greenberg’s Handbook of Neurosurgery has been the ‘go-to’ book for neurosurgeons since the 1990s. I predict that most surgeons can be classified according to which edition they used as their bedrock for exam preparation and reference during their training and early consultant years. Over the last 30 years it has iteratively updated and improved; its current 10th edition does not disappoint. As with recent editions, it is available in both hard format and online, the latter option enabling user-friendly links to the relevant landmark journal article on each topic. It is very much a book written by neurosurgeons for neurosurgeons including colour-coded sub-sections such as ‘key concepts’ and evidence-based ‘practice guidelines’ for ease of reference along with selected pearls of experience from the author. Updates, for example, the new diagnostic criteria of nervous system tumours based on the most recent WHO classification, ensure the book has evolved to remain contemporary. It also includes more figures to enhance its ‘readability’ which was a criticism of its earliest editions. It has always been Americentric with guidelines and technical nuances which require consideration by the UK based neurosurgeon when translating to their practice. Whilst it is very much a clinical handbook (rather than an exhaustive curriculum), it remains an excellent practical reference for neurosurgery trainees and allied ‘neuro’ professionals. It avoids the superfluous when summarising a topic and will inevitably and quite rightly remain the ‘neurosurgeon’s bible’ for years to come.”

– Timothy L. Jones

Learn more about Greenberg’s Handbook of Neurosurgery here.