By Charles G. Drake OC, M.D., FRCSC, Sydney J. Peerless M.D., FRCSC, Juha A. Hernesniemi M.D., Ph.D. (auth.)
It is a smart privilege to jot down the foreword for this classical paintings of Professor Charles Drake. there is not any doubt that intracranial aneurysms have existed because the starting of time. This terrifying disorder of the mind arteries, with its dramatic effects for the sufferer, has without doubt been saw in all human collectives, even if transparent definition and outline within the literature all started purely three hundred years in the past. over the past century, medical symptoms were conscientiously saw and analyzed, and a hundred years in the past, the 1st makes an attempt have been made for surgery, akin to the ligature of exterior and inner carotid and vertebral arteries. With the creation of angiography, a wholly new measurement of analysis and differential prognosis of the vascular illnesses of CNS, was once complete. within the years among 1945 and 1970, the neurosurgeon used to be more and more encouraged to without delay dispose of intracranial aneurysms. the main revered and refrained from position, the aneurysms on the bifurcation of the basilar artery, remained as a "dark nook. " numerous pioneers of neurosurgery tried to discover the interpeduncular fossa, yet ultimately retreated. no longer so Charles Drake. His imaginative and prescient should have been better than his anxiousness, after studies of preliminary fatalities, to persevere extra decisively during this determined struggle rather than to yield. Such steadfastness calls for huge, immense braveness. yet what distin guishes braveness! Surgical braveness isn't just a fearless or unscrupulous action.