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January 27, 1984

The Cervical Spine

Author Affiliations

Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson

JAMA. 1984;251(4):539. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340280081040

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This book is the joint effort of a committee of the Cervical Spine Research Society, a multidisciplinary, international group of physicians with a special interest in the cervical spine. The 53 contributors to the book reflect the composition of the society, and each is an expert in the area of his contribution. The book, organized into 13 chapters, concisely and clearly presents the current state of knowledge and opinion regarding the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the cervical spine.

The anatomy of the cervical spine is well presented from the viewpoints of embryology, normal anatomy, and the congenital anomalies. The section on biomechanics is excellent, particularly in the discussion of instability. The radiographic diagnosis of injuries and diseases is thorough and considers not only standard methods, but also computed tomography, myelography, isotopic scanning, and arteriography. The basics of the neurological examination and evaluation are well presented.