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December 1992

Spinal Cord Dysfunction

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Washington, DC

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(12):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530360020008

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This is the second volume of a proposed three-volume series on spinal cord injury. The purpose of the book as stated by its editor is to "bring together experts in various fields of treatment and management of abnormal function following a lesion or disease of the spinal cord." However, rather than being a definitive treatise on one aspect of spinal cord dysfunction, it addresses a variety of issues that range from pathophysiological mechanisms of acute spinal cord injury to postinjury bladder management. In addition, although the editor states in his preface that there have been more studies in the last 10 years than in the preceding half century, most chapters include few references from the past 5 years. Thus, the volume as produced is both incomplete and less than up to date.

Section 1 deals with "acute-phase" issues. The first chapter reviews the problem of early surgical decompression after spinal

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