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Book and Media Reviews
December 7, 2011

The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques

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Author Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, New York (

JAMA. 2011;306(21):2389. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1777

The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine, edited by James Yue, Richard Guyer, J. Patrick Johnson, Larry Khoo, and Stephen Hochschuler, is divided into 8 sections including an introductory section; sections on basic science, conservative treatment, surgical treatment of cervical, thoracic (2 sections), and lumbar spines; and a final, “The Future of the Aging Spine” section. The 70 concise chapters each comprise 4 to 8 pages. Each chapter begins with a “Key Points” section that summarizes the salient points; many include case examples. The book is well illustrated and is accompanied by a full-text Internet version that also provides access to related material and publications.

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