April 1992

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: A Common Sequela of Neck Injuries

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San Francisco, Calif


By Richard J. Sanders and Craig E. Haug, 348 pp with illus, $75, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1991.

Arch Surg. 1992;127(4):488-489. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420040134027

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The diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome is still confusing to and controversial among clinicians. Dr Sanders, who has long been interested in this area, has compiled a complete and informative volume addressing this topic based on his 25 years' experience in treating more than 850 patients with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The book is very organized, with ample subheadings that make it easy to read. The text is supplemented with excellent illustrations and sufficient tables. Particularly important features are the exhaustive summary and the analysis of the existing literature, which are presented clearly and objectively. With additional contributions from physiologists, neurologists, and physiatrists, all aspects of thoracic outlet syndrome are well covered despite some minor repetitions.

The text begins by identifying the problem of lack of objective diagnostic criteria for and consensus in treating thoracic outlet syndrome. This is followed by a description of the history and

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