November 12, 1997

The Textbook of Spinal Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Washington Seattle


vols 1 & 2, edited by Keith H. Bridwell and Ronald L. DeWald, 2nd ed, 2389+ pp, with illus, $375, ISBN 0-397-51384-4, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1997.

JAMA. 1997;278(18):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550180095051

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Since the first edition in 1991 of The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, edited by Bridwell and DeWald, this subject has received increased attention, possibly because some neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons now identify themselves as "spine surgeons"; there are now a number of textbooks on spinal surgery from which to choose. Also, spinal surgery is now learned in fellowship programs or additional special courses on spinal procedures, particularly instrumentation and fusion techniques, which have become routine in the management of many spinal affections.

In this second edition, Bridwell and DeWald have expanded the text from more than 1200 pages to nearly 2400 and have increased the number of chapters from 45 to 130 and the number of contributors from 60 to 182. As with many textbooks on affections of the spine, the emphasis is orthopedic, with orthopedist contributors far outnumbering neurosurgeon contributors. The book has two volumes and 13 sections: "General