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Spinal angiomas are recognized infrequently in neurological practice even when the latter is heavily oriented toward the care of persons suffering disorders of the spinal cord. Aminoff maintains that such vascular malformations are far more frequent than might be supposed and has designed this book to enhance the consciousness of spinal angiomas among neurologists and impress on them the possibility of relief through surgical treatment, which at worst arrests the progress of the disorder and at best results in marked improvement. In this he has succeeded despite some flaws.
The clinical aspects of this attractively produced volume are embellished by a rather long prefatory section that discourses on the nature and origin of spinal vascular malformation, often disposing cursorily of difficult concepts. Thus, subacute necrotic myelitis is said to be an angioma, without reference to the work of Moersch and Kernohan. This is a rather glib simplification of the embryology