Homo Faber Amplificus Lucis — State of the Art

  • F. Heppner
Conference paper


Surgery with lasers constitutes without any doubt one of the most outstanding achievements of civilization in the age of technology. The scientific investigation of brain functions which forms its base and is still being carried on by this discipline has been a consequence of keen observation of nature, which had already started in antiquity, and ingenious nature studies, as manifested by clinical research in the 19th and electrobiology in the 20th centuries. Modern technology has enriched the arsenal of our diagnostic tools by neuroimaging, which permits visualization of nerve structures with a degree of accuracy as achieved by any anatomical atlas, while evoked potentials and their monitoring in vivo safeguard maximum precision in the scanning of neural paths and centers. Neurosurgery thus represents the apex of the application of up-to-date technological tools and highly sophisticated surgical methods, including lasers of varying wavelength, to the human brain. From times immemorial, generations of thinkers and researchers have contributed with industry and tenacity to the exponential development of new means and ways for saving human lives or making them again worth living, thus gradually opening up new perspectives to the knowledge of mankind.


Worth Living Anatomical Atlas Exponential Development Keen Observation Neural Path 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Heppner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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