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August 1973

The Spinal Cord.

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By George Austin, MD. Price, $48.50. Pp 762. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):301-302. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080143046

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This elegant book is the definitive reference text on the spinal cord and its diseases. The abundant, appropriate, well-planned and clearly reproduced illustrations are remarkable, and where there is not comprehensive handling of one aspect there usually is a wealth of references. The emphasis of the contributors is toward surgery, yet basic science interests are clearly and succinctly treated. Neurosurgeons and neurologists should have ready access to this book, and every physician should be familiar with its contents should he need to refer to it.

It was somewhat disappointing that the promising field of selective spinal angiography has been omitted, although the editor appeared to be promising it in his preface. Also, consideration of the role of lesions of the cord in decreasing sexual function is not included by the urologist except in the instance of complete transection, where the emphasis is on the remarkable degree of preservation observed rather

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