March 1973

Surgical Disorders of the Peripheral Nerves

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By Sir Herbert Seddon, CMG. Price, $32.25. Pp 332. Williams & Wilkins Co, Baltimore, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(3):365-366. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350150099035

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This excellent volume is the fruition of a distinguished professional life devoted to the study and care of peripheral nerves, in both war and peace. Many books on this subject merely repeat the anatomy found in standard texts and present an unenlightening summary of a too brief surgical experience. Not so here. What characterizes this work is its obvious pedagogical value because of the author's extensive firsthand knowledge and his sage perspective.

The first chapters concern the structure of peripheral nerves, the process of degeneration and regeneration, clinical and electrical methods of nerve testing, causes and types of peripheral nerve disorders, including tumors, neurovascular, compressive, and irritative lesions as well as causalgia.

The remainder of the book is about injuries to specific nerves of the upper and lower limbs: anatomy, clinical features, progress, and treatment. In addition, there is a helpful section on therapy required other than nerve repair and

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