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February 14, 1996

Spine Care: vol 1, Diagnosis and Conservative Treatment, vol 2, Operative Treatment

Author Affiliations

University of Washington Medical School Seattle

JAMA. 1996;275(6):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530300078052

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The editors have attempted to produce an inclusive text to be used by anyone who cares for patients with disorders of the spine. Have they succeeded? In part, yes. There are two volumes and 132 authors who have contributed to the 113 chapters and appendix. The authors cover the gamut of specialists (medical, paramedical, and nonmedical) who participate in the care, either directly or indirectly, of this group of patients. They include orthopedic and neurological surgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, physiatrists, psychologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, epidemiologists, pathologists, engineers, basic scientists, statisticians, physical therapists, and unique to the textbook, the specialty of chiropractic, which in this reviewer's opinion is appropriate considering the number of patients who are cared for by members of this field. Since the treatment of spinal disorders can be a chronic problem involving the participation of the aforementioned specialists, it is the intention of the editors that the book present a