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February 16, 1946

Surgery of the Spinal Column

JAMA. 1946;130(7):463. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870070083028

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This work is intended to be a source book on spinal surgery. The authors were motivated by the frequency of spinal injuries incident to civilian life, and the casualties of war. Following a short but interesting chapter on the history of spinal surgery there is a chapter on surgical armamentarium which explains the use of Albee's motor driven instruments and extols the virtues of the Albee-Comper table. Then follow chapters on spinal anatomy, laminectomy, fractures, dislocations, tuberculosis, static deformities, congenital deformities and anomalies, low back disabilities, osteomyelitis, spondylitis, tumors and miscellaneous disorders of the spine. The subjects are covered in a somewhat cursory manner. The section on gunshot and stab wounds of the spine is allotted about thirty-six lines. Albee's recommendation of early spinal fusion in cases of tuberculosis at any age and his advocacy of spine fusions as a primary treatment for fractures of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae

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