Physical Aspects of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

  • Mark H. Phillips

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Mark H. Phillips
    Pages 1-44
  3. Kenneth A. Frankel, Mark H. Phillips
    Pages 45-85
  4. Jürgen Arndt
    Pages 87-128
  5. Günther H. Hartmann
    Pages 129-187
  6. Richard P. Levy, Eng H. Lo, Jacob I. Fabrikant
    Pages 189-238
  7. Richard P. Levy, Jacob I. Fabrikant
    Pages 239-278
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book

Introduction

When I first proposed this book, one of the hopes was that it would be the stage upon which would be conducted a quiet, well­ reasoned discussion of the various techniques of stereotactic radio­ surgery. At that time, there was quite a bit of rancorous debate that tended to obscure the scientific and medical merits of each of the separate methods. At the present time, I am happy to report that the field of stereotactic radiosurgery is much less riven by such inappropriate posturing. The field has taken many steps towards maturity, both technically and medically. In the course of this mat­ uration process, there have been many grandiose plans and speeches made on behalf of stereotactic radiosurgery. Inevitably, the reality will not live up to the hype, but such is the natural course of devel­ opment in these sorts of matters. However, even though events may not match our hopes, we should keep in mind the words of Herbert Parker. Recognizing that new modalities for the treatment of cancer do not stand much chance of revolutionary success, nevertheless, he quite correctly pointed out that " . . . with any type of radiatiQn, the margin between success and failure is small. If the chance of success is a little greater . . . thi~ might well be classed as a great advance. " Mark H.

Keywords

clinical application radiosurgery surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark H. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1253-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1255-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1253-4
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