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Editorial: What future for vascular neurosurgery? || FREE PAPER ||

Authors Matthew Crocker, Christos Tolias

Published 15 July 2007 Volume 2007:3(3) Pages 243—244

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Matthew Crocker, Christos Tolias

Department of Neurosurgery, King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK

Abstract: Vascular neurosurgery has always been at the forefront of neurosurgical advances, requiring a combination of decision making, critical care support, microsurgical skill, and advanced surgical technology. The need to secure unstable intracranial aneurysms was identified by Harvey Cushing (1923), but the first modern-era clipping procedure was performed by Walter Dandy in 1937 (Dandy 1938). Since then, the progressive evolution of devices, particularly the operating microscope, has resulted in intracranial surgery to secure aneurysms presenting with subarachnoid hemorrhage, or otherwise, becoming routine procedure.

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