Any book purporting to review the annual crop of articles published around the world in neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry depends on monumental organization. One fourth of the 6,000 papers must be translated into English and winnowing out those of real worth and assembling them into an orderly, sequential text requires significant editorial discretion. One third of the references are in basic sciences, a fraction are neurosurgical, and the bulk represent psychiatry and neurology divided equally. Even the number of contributors (ninety) who compiled this 20th volume is impressive. Their duties demanded that they peruse approximately 100 articles spewed forth weekly. Presumably this army of weary toilers is half way into the 21st edition now.
Neurological topics are arranged according to anatomical boundaries as is the section on neurosurgery. The reader who is clinically oriented will certainly skip much of the basic science material but profit from chapters on everyday practice