The authors' first volume, which appeared in 1952, was concerned with methods and a stereotaxic atlas of the human brain. The present volume is a review of their experiences with the use of stereoencephalotomy since 1948. It is concerned with therapeutic applications, evaluation of the method, and the authors' physiologic and anatomic interpretations of the results of their studies.
The book is divided into six sections, each of which covers a separate phase of the subject. The first four sections constitute the bulk of the book. Section I deals with the development of human stereotaxic technique and a detailed description of the particular methods employed by the authors. Section II is concerned with thalamotomy, section III with the treatment of pain, and section TV with the treatment of extrapyramidal disorders. The last two sections are concerned with subcortical mechanisms of convulsive disorders and the treatment of subcortical tumors.