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The production of handbooks is, no doubt, a European specialty and they have flooded the market in the United States. Most are welcome, and for those seeking answers to problems they believe to be unique, these books are invaluable for they usually show that what is thought to be the first case of a new syndrome has already been described and forgotten, but is faithfully recorded in the handbook.
Volume 7 of the Handbook of Neurosurgery deals with the spinal column and cord in three parts. Part 1 is under review, and part 2 and 3 are in preparation and their appearance is eagerly awaited. There is a chapter on malformations, trauma, and diseases of the spinal column which has a predominant orthopedic bias but is complete with information on medical and neurological diseases affecting the spinal column. For those not customarily dealing with this part of the body, this