About the Book
Osborn’s Brain: Imaging, Pathology, and Anatomy is the much-pleaded-for successor to Anne G. Osborn’s 1993 award winning book Diagnostic Neuroradiology (a.k.a. “The Red Book”), which became one of the all-time bestselling neuroradiology texts. In this highly anticipated 1,300-page volume, Anne Osborn applies her special touch to make complex topics visually appealing and easy to understand. It wraps the “must know” aspects of brain imaging together with spectacular pathology examples, relevant anatomy, and the most up-to-date techniques in brain imaging.
Why I wrote the book…
With the publication of Osborn’s Brain, I’m breaking a long-standing promise to myself:
I swore I’d never, EVER, write another prose-based book.
And yet here it is. But let me tell you, this isn’t just “another prose book.” Far from it! When my colleagues and I published the first edition of Diagnostic Imaging: Brain, Dr. Michael Huckman said in his Foreword to the book, “[Osborn] has decided to abandon the usual conventions of medical textbooks.” Amirsys’s now-classic bulleted format does indeed deliver more information in less space than traditional prose. And I do love those efficiencies! However, I want to give more than, “Just the facts, ma’am.” I want to show the thinking behind the facts. The reasoning. The framework that facilitates understanding a tough, complex subject.
What makes it different…
There’s something different about Osborn’s Brain: Its organization. Instead of approaching imaging in the conventional manner—starting with congenital anomalies and proceeding through the spectrum of acquired disorders—I’ve structured the book as a learning curriculum. We start with the most immediate “must know” topics, beginning with trauma. We next discuss nontraumatic hemorrhage and vascular lesions. In other words, we jump right into emergent imaging issues such as trauma, stroke, and brain infections before delving into other topics such as demyelinating and inflammatory disease, neoplasms, and toxic-metabolic-degenerative disorders.
Getting the most out of the book…
If you’re just starting your residency in radiology, neurosurgery, or neurology, I suggest you begin at the beginning. Read the first three chapters and digest them. Then go part by part, chapter by chapter, straight through the book. If you are a senior resident or fellow, this is a great way to review what you think you already know pretty well. I guarantee you, there’s stuff in here that will be new to you. If you’re a practicing general radiologist, consider this a refresher course. And if you are an honest-to-goodness neuroradiologist, I’ve tucked a few insightful tidbits into every chapter that even you may find intriguing.
I’ve combined essential anatomy together with gross pathology and imaging to show you just why diseases appear the way they do. The book is illustration-rich, with loads of high definition state-of-the-art imaging and glorious color. My trademark summary boxes are scattered throughout the text, allowing for quick review of the essential facts.