Neurosurgery Board Review Book Designed to Promote Quick Review and Memory Retention

New York, NY, January 30, 2010 --( In order to become a board certified neurosurgeon, individuals must pass both a written and oral examination administered by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). The primary examination is given once-a-year. Published by Thieme, the second edition of the Comprehensive Neurosurgery Board Review assists readers in preparing for the written section of the examination. This fully updated text is a one-stop resource providing focus to the often daunting task of preparing for a career critical exam. And while the title is self-explanatory, the book is more than a reference for individuals preparing for the ABNS examination.

“We have removed redundancy within and between chapters as much as possible and reformatted the text to promote quick review and memory retention,” states author Dr. Daniel Refai, Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

In less than 600 pages, this edition summarizes key facts on the neurosurgery boards, thereby saving readers the challenge of having to wade through thousands upon thousands of pages of the original texts. The authors have added a considerable amount of information to the new version, including a chapter covering anatomy that has been enhanced by the use of tables and the more than 30 images taken from the award-winning Thieme Atlas of Anatomy Head and Neuroanatomy series.

Author Dr. Jonathan S. Citow, whose name is synonymous with board review preparation in the neurosurgery world states, "The book provides summary information for the senior resident and practicing neurosurgeon preparing for the boards. For those of us who have been in practice for years and want to keep up with the residents, the book provides a refresher course and serves as a quick reference for the neurosurgeon whose daily practice does not typically involve the full breadth of the field."

About the Authors

Jonathan S. Citow, MD, private practice, Libertyville, Illinois; R. Loch Macdonald, MD, PhD, Head, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael's Hospital; Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniel Refai, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a privately held scientific and medical publishing house employing more than 950 people and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Stuttgart and three other locations in Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in medical and scientific publishing. Today, Thieme is the market leading publisher of neurosurgical content and holds strong market positions in orthopedics, radiology, anatomy and chemistry, among other specialties. Thieme publishes 137 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include Thieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme visit

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