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November 11, 1961

The Spinal Cord; Basic Aspects and Surgical Considerations

JAMA. 1961;178(6):685. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040450149044

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This is a new and timely book, which addresses itself to the twin tasks of synopsizing and elucidating the core information now in the storehouse of scientific knowledge bearing upon the surgically amenable diseases of the adult, human spinal cord. The level of its technologic orientation, as well as the selected contents of its 46 chapters, indicate that the work is primarily intended for the neurosurgeon and the resident training in the neurosurgical discipline. However, it contains much that is of value to the clinical neurologist, internist, radiologist, orthopedist, urologist, general surgeon, general practitioner, and medical student. No doubt it will also prove conspicuously helpful to attorneys, judges, industrial commissioners, and others engaged with the multifarious and ever-increasing problems of forensic medicine.

The sections on spinal trauma, neoplasms, treatment of intractable pain, and regeneration were written by Dr. George Austin, and the section on intervertebral disc disease was written jointly

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