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Golby_coverImage-Guided Neurosurgery, 1st Edition

Author: Alexandra Golby, MD, Director of Image-guided Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite, Co-Director of Clinical Functional MRI

Alexandra Golby, MD, a neurosurgeon in BWH’s Department of Neurosurgery, has compiled a comprehensive reference on image-guided neurosurgery in her book, Image-Guided Neurosurgery, 1st edition. The book covers all aspects of imaging for guiding neurosurgery, including multimodal imaging, functional neuroimaging and adoption of intraoperative MRI and emerging technologies, in addition to image-guided neurosurgery tools, including robotic surgical devices.

Golby has assembled an expert group of authors to demonstrate the revolutionary improvements in imaging and visualization relating to neurosurgery. The ability to visualize pathology and surrounding structures, particularly critical structures in the brain, has been one of the driving factors leading surgical innovation and improved outcomes that are highlighted throughout the book. Image-Guided Neurosurgery discusses specific techniques, including of brain biopsy, brain tumor resection, surgery for epilepsy, deep brain stimulation, spinal surgery, and more. Her book is ideal for neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and radiologists, as well as technical experts in imaging, image analysis, computer science and biomedical engineering.

Stossel_coverPharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation

Author: Thomas P. Stossel, MD, Division of Hematology and Director of BWH’s Translational Medicine Division

In Pharmaphobia: How the Conflict of Interest Myth Undermines American Medical Innovation, author Thomas Stossel, MD, senior physician in BWH’s Division of Hematology and director of BWH’s Translational Medicine Division, describes how an ideological crusade stretching over the last quarter-century, using what he describes as distortion and flawed logic in pursuit of theoretical professional purity, has hampered medical innovation. Stossel explains the conflict-of-interest regulations limiting or banning valuable interactions between industry, physicians and researchers, while diverting scarce resources away from medical research and innovation and toward dealing with compliance issues. He concludes that the real victims are the patients suffering from cancer, dementia and other serious diseases for which new treatments are delayed, reduced or eliminated as a result of these regulations.

With great detail, Stossel describes how targeting doctors who work with private industries can limit medical innovation and potentially prevent new life-saving products from reaching patients. Throughout his book, he suggests what he thinks can be done to support American medical innovation and stop what he says is a dangerous “conflict-of-interest movement,” so patients can finally benefit from the increased production of drugs and medical devices, enabling doctors to prevent and cure disease.