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January 1942

Surgical Diseases of the Spinal Cord, Membranes and Nerve Roots: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;47(1):194. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290010204016

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This volume is, in a sense, a new and revised edition of Elsberg's "Diseases of the Spinal Cord" (1916) and "Tumors of the Spinal Cord" (1925). The author has devoted a large part of his lifetime to the subject. After a brief account of pertinent anatomic and physiologic facts, the book discusses lumbar puncture and the information to be derived from it, injuries, congenital abnormalities, inflammations, tumors, diseases of the vertebrae, abnormalities of the blood vessels and the technic of and indications for operation. The discussion of tumors of the spinal cord, nerve roots and membranes occupies six of the seventeen chapters.

The chapters contributed by Dyke and Wolf are detailed, accurate and profusely illustrated, but there is evidence that some of the other chapters have not been so carefully revised. For example, in chapter 4, on injuries of the spinal cord and nerve roots, nothing is said of the