AANS Spotlight: Icons, Inventions and Innovations

ICONSAANS Neurosurgeon is the official socioeconomic publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and features information and analysis for contemporary neurosurgical practice. It focuses on issues related to legislation, workforce issues and practice management as they affect the specialty of neurosurgery. The June 2014 edition of AANS Neurosurgeon focuses on the spirit of innovation within the neurosurgical field.

Present-day neurosurgery did not happen overnight. The path of its evolution is marked with people and pursuits that came before and made what was once inconceivable — successfully operating on someone’s brain, spine or components impacting the nervous system — a regular occurrence. This issue of AANS Neurosurgeon explores some of these icons and inventions, as well as the drive that makes continued medical innovation possible. It examines whether the most prolific period of neurosurgical innovation occurred in the specialty’s infancy or within the last 75 years. The June issue also presents articles that discuss what it takes to bring a product to market, and likewise what it means to partner with industry.

We invite you to take a look at the following pieces that highlight what it takes to innovate as a neurosurgeon:

Elsewhere in the issue, readers can check out articles with practice management suggestions, book reviews, and updates from the Washington, D.C., office via its “Washington Watch” column.

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