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March 2, 1984

Congenital Deformities of the Spine

Author Affiliations

University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha

JAMA. 1984;251(9):1218-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340330070032

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The most difficult problems encountered in treatment of spinal deformities are seen in those abnormalities that are secondary to a congenital bony anomaly. To date, individual articles have dealt with one or more types of anomaly but none have been all encompassing. Textbooks on spinal problems have had only short chapters discussing such congenital deformities. In this text, encompassing 343 pages in 16 chapters, the author brings his unparalleled experience in treating 1,500 cases of congenital deformity.

The completeness of the work is mirrored in the effort extended in its preparation. The author spent a six-month sabbatical leave from academic and clinical responsibilities to review, analyze, and draw conclusions from a total of 1,250 cases ultimately deemed adequate for review purposes. The successes and failures in caring for these 1,250 patients with problems that included failure of spinal segmentation or formation as well as midline defects, treated nonoperatively and surgically,