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Book Reviews
September 2000

Thoracoscopic Spine Surgery

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edited by Curtis A. Dickman, MD, Daniel J. Rosenthal, MD, and Noel I. Perin, MD, FRCS, 360 pp, with illus, $199, ISBN 0-86577-785-3, New York, NY, Thieme, 1999.


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Arch Neurol. 2000;57(9):1375-1379. doi:

The video captured intraoperative clinical photographs with interpretive line diagrams, simple illustrations, clinical photographs, a few radiographs and an occasional table.

Thoracoscopy as a surgical technique remained in its infancy for approximately 30 years. Success with endoscopic procedures in the realm of laparoscopy and arthroscopy in addition to major advances in video-assisted imaging and endoscopic surgical instruments has led to an explosion of the availability, indications, and frequency of thoracoscopic spinal surgery. The intention of this book, edited by 3 neurosurgeons who clearly champion the technique, is to provide an atlas-like basic understanding of this surgical procedure with illustrative case examples to identify indications for this procedure. The chapters are multiauthored and cover the spectrum of this specific technical procedure from its history, general principles, instrumentation, surgical anatomy, anesthetic considerations to descriptions of a spectrum of surgical procedures amenable to this technique. The book suffers from the pitfall of most multiauthored textbooks in that there are many areas of redundant text and even illustrations, particularly those describing history, indications, and operative room setup.

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