Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement

Open Mesencephalotomy and Thalamotomy for Intractable Pain

Authors: Zapletal, B.

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Severe, protracted pain defying control is being seen with in­ creasing frequency as a symptom of chronic disease. It accompanies many, mostly serious, disorders in various organs and parts of the human body, making the sufferer's life increasingly intolerable. It no longer fulfillR its mission of warning signal of disease present, protecting health, but on the contrary arises as an important factor in systematically reducing and preparing the final collapse of the defensive forces of the body, both in the somatic and psychic spheres. It can surprise nobody that patients tormented and plagued by severe pain do not wish to live under conditions primarily caused by incurable disease, and are looking forward longingly to their release by deat. h, if no help is forthcoming. Attempts to control such pain are, therefore entirely justified, necessary and logical. The treatment of intractable pain is without exception sympto­ matic in character. Efforts to control it by drugs are, even at present and despite the striking progress in pharmacology, unsatisfactory and inadequate. So far we know of no drug capable of effectively and systematically alleviating such pain without concurrently inter­ fering with the other sensitive-sensory components. In addition to the direct changes and dist. urbances of consciousness and personal­ ity, protracted conservative therapy results in addiction to narcot­ ics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Zapletal, Bohuslav, M. D.

    Pages 1-3

  • A History of Operations on the Mesencephalon and Thalamus

    Zapletal, Bohuslav, M. D.

    Pages 4-11

  • The Anatomy and Physiology of the Mesencephalon and Thalamus from the Viewpoint of Surgical Control of Pain

    Zapletal, Bohuslav, M. D.

    Pages 12-37

  • Surgical Technique

    Zapletal, Bohuslav, M. D.

    Pages 38-61

  • Clinical Results

    Zapletal, Bohuslav, M. D.

    Pages 62-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Open Mesencephalotomy and Thalamotomy for Intractable Pain
Authors
Series Title
Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement
Series Volume
18
Copyright
1969
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Wien
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag / Wien
eBook ISBN
978-3-7091-8238-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7091-8238-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7091-8240-6
Series ISSN
0065-1419
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 120
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