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This 14th volume of Advanaes in Neurosurgery includes the papers presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery in Berlin, May 12-15, 1985. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the program committee of the Society, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Klinger, Professors Brock, Dietz, Frowein, Lausberg, Wlillenweber, and Dr. Reuter for their assistance in selecting the contributions and in organizing the scientific program. The first main topic of the meeting was Spinal Cord Tumors. Introductory lectures dealing with basic anatomic knowledge, neuropathological as- pects, and neurologic problems were followed by reports on examinations using conventional neuroradiology, scintiscanning, computer tomography as well as the most recent method in the diagnosis of spinal tumors, the magnetic resonance tomography. Also presented were the results of a multicentered study on spinal tumors, ascertained in cooperation with 43 German and Austrian neurosurgical clinics. The participants reported in great detail on the statistical data they recorded from 3056 cases and on the scientific findings obtained from this study. The session concluded with lectures on the possibilities for surgical treatment of spinal tumors and on oncologic and radiotherapeutic mea- sures. E:x:perimental Neurosurgery was the second main topic. Leading authorities in the field presented interesting papers on topics such as the therapy of vasculogenetic brain edema, the determination of neurotransmitters in brain tumors, results of cerebral blood flow measurement, and im- proved operative techniques using laser radiation.
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President's Opening Remarks - Reflections on the Bond of Trust Between the Physician and his Patient.- Ernst von Bergmann and the Beginning of Neurosurgery in Berlin.- Extradural Tumors of the Spine.- Intraoperative Spinal Cord Monitoring.- Spinal Cord Tumors.- Basic Anatomic Considerations Concerning the Surgical Approaches to the Spinal Column.- Spinal Tumors.- Neurological Problems in Conjunction with Spinal Tumors.- Differential Diagnostics of Spinal Tumors.- Diagnosis by Examination of Cerebrospinal Fluid in Spinal Tumor Cases.- Conventional Radiologic Diagnosis of Spinal Tumors.- Nuclear Medicine in the Diagnosis of Spinal Tumors.- Spinal Tumors: Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- Spinal Tumors: A Multi-Center Study of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Neurochirurgie.- The Use of Transthoracic and of Ventro-lateral Access in the Surgical Treatment of Extradural Spinal Tumors in the Thoracic and Lumbar Areas.- Unilateral Approaches to Spinal Tumors.- The Transsacral, Transcoccygeal Approach to Prevertebral Spinal Tumors.- Operative Treatment of Aneurysmal Bone Cysts of the Spine - Radical Excision and Spinal Stabilization.- Osteosynthesis in Patients with Malignant Tumors of the Cervical Vertebral Column: Indications, Techniques, and Results.- Osteosynthesis with AO Plates in the Cervical and Lumbar Regions of the Vertebral Column in Cases of Spinal Metastases.- Differential Diagnosis and Operative Treatment of Rare Intraforaminal Space-Occupying Lesions.- Acute Leriche Syndrome in the Differential Diagnosis of Acute Paraplegia.- Misdiagnoses in Spinal Tumors.- Tumors of the Craniocervical Region: Difficulties in Diagnosis; Microsurgery and Laser Surgery.- Diagnosis and Treatment of Space-Occupying Lesions at the Craniocervical Junction.- Inclincation of the Odontoid Process in Children and Adults - an Anatomical and Functional Investigation.- Cytostatic Treatment of Spinal Tumors.- Malignant Lymphomas and Spinal Cord Compression.- Aspects of Neurosurgical Intervention for Spinal Manifestations of Malignant Lymphomas.- Clinical and Neuropathological Aspects of Rare Semimalignant Spinal Tumors: Case Reports of a Giant Cell Tumor (Osteoclastoma) and an Atypical Osteoblastoma.- Experimental Neurosurgery.- Microsurgical Anatomy of the Transoral Approach for Anterior Processes of the Upper Cervical Spine.- CT Absorption Analysis in Intracranial Tumor Diagnostics.- Impulse Cytophotometry and the Biological Behavior of Gliomas.- Swelling Behavior of C6 Glioma Cells During Shutdown of Energy Metabolism.- Treatment of Vasogenic Brain Edema by Inhibitors of the Kallikrein-Kinin System.- Neurotransmitter Contents in Low-Grade Gliomas and Glioblastomas.- The Influence of Acutely Increasing ICP upon Diuresis and Water-Electrolyte Balance and Its Modification by Neurohypophysectomy (An Experimental Study).- Noninvasive Measurement of Local Cerebral Blood Flow (nl-CBF) with Stable Xenon Enhanced Dynamic CT - Description of Method and Analysis of Flow Data.- Perioperative Chemiluminescence of Polymorphonuclear Leukocytes and Monocytes in Brain Tumor Patients.- Experimental Hypertensive Intracerebral Mass Hemorrhage in Cats.- Cerebrospinal Fluid and Serum Levels of the Arachidonic Acid Metabolites 6-keto-PGF1? and Thromboxane B2 in Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.- The Effect of the Cleavage Peptide C3aDesArg of the Third Complement Component on the Accumulation of Leukocytesin Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) and on the Permeability ofthe Blood-CSF Barrier.- Rostral Spread of Epidural 3H-Labeled Morphine.- Subdural Implantation of RG2 Glioma Spheroids in Rat Cerebellum: A New Experimental Brain Tumor Model.- Testing of Hydrocephalus Shunt Systems.- Vessel Repairs of the Carotid Artery of the Rat Using the Modified Nd:YAG Laser.- Neurosurgical Intensive Care.- Legal Problems of Intensive Care.- Computer-Aided Neuromonitoring: Conditions, Techniques, and Clinical Applications.- Present Status of Barbiturates in the Acute Stage of Cerebral Damage.- Cerebrovascular Reserve and Brain-Protective Measures in Cases of Interruption of Carotid Artery Flow.- Intensive-Medical Aspects in the Treatment of Increased Intracranial Pressure.- Possibilities and Limitations of High-Dose Barbiturate Therapy in the Management of Intracranial Hypertension.- Treatment of Intracranial Hypertension Without Barbiturates.- Significance of Acute Disturbances of Pupillary Function in Postoperative Intensive Care After Operations for Craniopharyngiomas.- Provisional Diagnostic Value of the Anaphylatoxin Radioimmunoassay (C3a-desArg-RIA) in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.- Investigations of Pituitary Function in Severe Head Injury by Radioimmunoassay.- Biological Rhythms of Electrophysiological and Endocrinological Parameters in Acute and Chronic Intracranial Lesions.- Neuromonitoring Supplemented by nrCBF.- Postoperative Observation at the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit After Surgery of the Posterior Fossa.- Monitoring of Brain Stem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEPs) in the Intensive Care Treatment of Craniocerebral Traumata.- Auditory Evoked Potentials During and After Complete Ischemiaof the Brain.- Criteria for the Diagnosis of Brain Death.- Limitations of Intensive Care Medicine - as Viewed by a Neurosurgeon.

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