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Neurosurgical interventions have the potential to change a person's concept of self, as well as affect their neurological and cognitive function to an unacceptable level for both patient and family. In an increasingly complex and evolving field, the ethical implications of treatments and their eventual outcomes must be carefully balanced. Ethics in Neurosurgical Practice is a comprehensive and practical guide for managing the treatment of patients with debilitating neurosurgical conditions. Chapters address specific conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, ischemic stroke and spinal surgery, and the ethical challenges that each of these pose. Detailed case studies present potential scenarios that readers might encounter, and their outcomes. Future developments of this fast-paced field are expanded upon, including televised live surgery and the ethical aspects of innovation in neurosurgery. A broad variety of contributors in different fields, including neurosurgeons, intensivists and bioethicists, ensures comprehensive coverage from a range of views and experiences.
Stephen Honeybul is the Statewide Director of the Neurosurgical Service of Western Australia and a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the Royal Perth Hospital and the Fiona Stanley Hospital. He is also the Co-Chair of the Ethics and Medico-Legal Affairs Committee for the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.More About Stephen Honeybul