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June 1991

Intervertebral Disk Disease: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prophylaxis

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(6):566. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530180014003

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This book, translated from the original German-language text, is one that is quite comprehensive, well written, and organized. The early chapters in the book are devoted to the basic sciences relevant to intervertebral disk disorders. The chapters on anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and pathology are quite detailed, with very extensive scientific references. The chapter on the thoracic syndrome is very short, but the chapters on cervical and lumbar syndromes cover their subject matter well, with excellent descriptions of the clinical presentations related to specific pathologic processes. Newer imaging techniques in the evaluation of intervertebral disorders are described. Nonoperative and operative management and rehabilitation methods are well described. The concluding chapters deal with the psychological problems of patients with spine syndromes. The book concludes with a chapter on general rehabilitation and prevention. Most chapters are well illustrated with good diagrams and photographs. It makes for easy reading and is recommended for

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