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October 1992

Microsurgery of the Cervical Spine

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(10):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530340018004

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This book is a collaborative effort by Wolfard Caspar, Margaret Cooper, Haynes Harkey, Paul C. McCormick, Bennett Stein, Vernon Yaeger, Paul A. Young, and the editor, Paul H. Young. It presents an overview of anatomy and pathology but most extensively focuses on the microsurgical approaches to the cervical spine.

The initial chapters deal with gross and surgical anatomy of the cervical spine. These chapters are among the strongest in the book, with excellent illustrations and pathologic specimens accompanying an extensive review of pertinent anatomy. Basic neuroanatomy and selected clinical syndromes associated with cervical spine disease are also reviewed.

The authors then turn to the surgical approaches to the cervical spine. Anterior microdiskectomy for soft-disk protrusions as well as central and lateral approaches for spondylosis are discussed in detail. Principles of bony fusion from the anterior approach are presented, including the Smith-Robinson rectangular plug, Baily and Badgley rectangular strut, Cloward bone

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