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Submitted: 2010-06-24
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One of the giants of neurological surgery left us more than a decade ago, and neurosurgical literature did not show much interest

Ayhan Kanat, Selim Kayaci, Ugur Yazar, Yuksel Sahin, Onur Yaman, Ali Riza Guvercin
DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60061-X
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(1):63-67.

open access

Vol 45, No 1 (2011)
Artykul poglądowy
Submitted: 2010-06-24

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One of the giants of neurological surgery left us over a decade ago. Charles George Drake died September 15, 1998 in London, Ontario after an extended bout with lung cancer. Although he will always be identified with taking posterior fossa aneurysm surgery from the realm of the daring to the domain of the routine, his contributions were much broader. Clinical neurosciences have been blessed in the past century by the life and works of Drake. In the neurosurgical world, the achievements of Drake are very well known and have been well recorded. Unfortunately, in the past decade since his passing, only one paper has been published about him and his contributions to neurosurgery. This is a historical paper regarding Charles George Drake that attempts to (1) remember Drake as a pioneer; (2) to evaluate lessons that we have learned from him; and (3) to address the question ‘What made him great?’. As per Drake's teachings, this paper is meant to articulate the unique perspectives Charlie provided with respect to how we learn our craft, maintain the integrity of reporting, and implement suggestions as to how we may progress into the future. In conclusion, it is our hope that this paper will bring to life the unique character of Drake and his unprecedented blend of genius, creativity, technical skill, introspection, and ever-present humility for all international neurosurgeons to appreciate.

Abstract

One of the giants of neurological surgery left us over a decade ago. Charles George Drake died September 15, 1998 in London, Ontario after an extended bout with lung cancer. Although he will always be identified with taking posterior fossa aneurysm surgery from the realm of the daring to the domain of the routine, his contributions were much broader. Clinical neurosciences have been blessed in the past century by the life and works of Drake. In the neurosurgical world, the achievements of Drake are very well known and have been well recorded. Unfortunately, in the past decade since his passing, only one paper has been published about him and his contributions to neurosurgery. This is a historical paper regarding Charles George Drake that attempts to (1) remember Drake as a pioneer; (2) to evaluate lessons that we have learned from him; and (3) to address the question ‘What made him great?’. As per Drake's teachings, this paper is meant to articulate the unique perspectives Charlie provided with respect to how we learn our craft, maintain the integrity of reporting, and implement suggestions as to how we may progress into the future. In conclusion, it is our hope that this paper will bring to life the unique character of Drake and his unprecedented blend of genius, creativity, technical skill, introspection, and ever-present humility for all international neurosurgeons to appreciate.

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Keywords

Charles George Drake, neurosurgeon, giant

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Title

One of the giants of neurological surgery left us more than a decade ago, and neurosurgical literature did not show much interest

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 45, No 1 (2011)

Pages

63-67

DOI

10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60061-X

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2011;45(1):63-67.

Keywords

Charles George Drake
neurosurgeon
giant

Authors

Ayhan Kanat
Selim Kayaci
Ugur Yazar
Yuksel Sahin
Onur Yaman
Ali Riza Guvercin

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