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October 1994

Lumbar Disk Disease

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Syracuse, NY

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(10):967. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540220013002

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Abstract

Historically, the treatment of lumbar disk disease has formed a major part of the practice of neurosurgery. Our understanding and the therapeutic modalities available to physicians who care for patients who suffer from lumbar disk disease has evolved rapidly in recent years with technological advancements. This book is a timely compilation from varied sources on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the lumbar disk.

There are several recent publications that deal with this topic, and this book has a decidedly neurosurgical slant, as would be expected from a review of the list of the 39 contributing authors, of whom 23 are neurologists or neurosurgeons as opposed to eight who are orthopedic surgeons. This is notable in the emphasis on neural decompression and the proportionally small attention paid to stability and surgical stabilization techniques. As with any multiauthored text, there are many opinions reflected on the optimal treatment and surgical

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