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August 3, 1957

Spinal Cord Compression: Mechanism of Paralysis and Treatment

JAMA. 1957;164(14):1624-1625. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980140100023

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This monograph on spinal-cord compression is by a neurosurgeon who has done much experimental work on the subject. The first section is devoted to the description of studies in dogs in which spinal cord and cauda equina compression is produced by a balloon inserted into the extradural space. The effects of acute and gradual compression are described. The functional changes are correlated with histopathological changes in the spinal cord. The second section of the book discusses symptoms, therapy, and prognosis of spinal paralysis in man caused by trauma and by tumor. The third section is concerned with the early management of patients with acute transverse lesions of the cord as result of trauma. The material is presented in an orderly fashion. The format of the book is good. The illustrations are pertinent and clearly reproduced. The author's conclusion that compression of spinal vessels does not play a significant role in

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