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November 10, 1978

The Cervical Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1978;240(20):2198. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290200076035

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The proliferation of disorders of the cervical spine has caused increaseingly numerous medical and legal problems since the first edition of this book appeared in 1956. Dr Jackson's experience with more than 9,000 patients is the foundation for her excellent discussion of the clinical aspects of disorders of the bones, joints, and nerves of the neck. I do not know of a comparable source of useful correlations of symptoms, radiologic study, and nonsurgical treatment of the vertebrae and their neural contents. I find more value in the use of electromyography, discography and surgical treatment than she, but I certainly concur in her admonition that operations on the neck not be undertaken lightly, for the risks are considerable and the outcome is not always predictable. The section on surgery is brief and omits technical considerations completely. The few case histories illustrated in this portion are not directed toward an activist position.