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Put Down the Knife

The cover of Dr. Brisman’s new textbook on adult brain surgery published by the Springer Publishing Company.


(January 3, 2024 – Rockville Centre, NY) A new medical textbook authored by neurosurgeon  Michael H. Brisman M.D., F.A.C.S., the CEO of Rockville Centre, NY-based NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery, has been published by Manhattan’s Springer Publishing Company. Entitled, Put Down the Knife: A Fresh Look at Adult Brain Surgery, the book promotes the importance of minimally invasive surgical procedures and conservative treatment options. Copies of Put Down the Knife may be ordered from several online booksellers, including Amazon Books. Dr. Brisman shares his inspiration behind the book in this short video.

Put Down the Knife is a fantastic book in which Dr. Brisman convincingly explains why, in many instances, a minimally invasive neurosurgical approach is superior to open surgical intervention. Dr. Brisman thoughtfully and thoroughly analyzes the medical literature regarding a whole host of neurosurgical maladies. Not only that, reflecting on his own extensive neurosurgical experience, Dr. Brisman has developed an  incisive decision-making paradigm which he generously shares with the reader. What’s more, in Put Down the Knife, Dr. Brisman weighs the merits of the sometimes complementary, sometimes competing, guideposts of clinical practice: art and science.

– Dr. Marc Arginteanu, Neurosurgeon

According to the publisher, “This book explores adult brain surgery from a more conservative vantage point, highlighting potential errors in thought related to decision-making and rationales for brain surgery as well as interpretation of the surgical literature.” In addition, “focused chapters” provide a discussion of “less invasive and even non-invasive approaches for various conditions of the brain, including tumors, cysts, hematomas, pain and movement disorders, skull base disorders, and much more.”

2-DrMBrisman-Trans_nBoard-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of, Dr. Brisman has been in practice on Long Island for over 25 years. He is the Co-Medical Director of The Gamma Knife ® Center at Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital in Oceanside and was the Chief of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Winthrop Hospital (now NYU Langone – Long Island) in Mineola. In addition, Dr. Brisman has served as President of the Nassau County Medical Society and the New York State Neurosurgical Society. He’s a long-time resident of Nassau County.


Photo credit: Springer Publishing Company


Founded in Freeport in 1958, NSPC has grown to become one of the largest, private neurosurgical groups in the U.S. with seven conveniently located offices on Long Island and in Manhattan. The practice’s 15 experienced neurosurgeons are experts in “bloodless” spine and brain surgery, including endoscopic spine surgery, radiosurgery, endoscopic brain surgery, and other minimally invasive techniques. These advanced procedures are used to treat herniated disc, spinal stenosis, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, trigeminal neuralgia, and other adult neurological conditions. Please visit www.nspc.com for more information about our providers and all the conditions they treat.

To arrange and interview with Dr. Michael Brisman, please contact: Richard Van Allen, NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery, (516) 442-2250, Ext. 2039, or e-mail: rvanallen@nullnspc.com.