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November 1971

Injuries To The Cervical Spine and Cord In Man.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(5):660. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350110162037

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The first part of this book describes an experimental method with use of 22 cervical spines obtained from human cadavers. The specimens were placed in a large clamp-like device and compressed in extension, flexion and/or rotation. The spines were observed roentgenographically with contract media variously injected into the intervertebral discs, vertebral arteries, and spinal canals. Some of the conclusions drawn from this study may indeed be valid. It is difficult, however, to transpose findings from this kind of preparation and method of injury to live patients.

The second part of the book deals with the mechanism of injury, radiologic examination, and management of 211 patients with injuries to the cervical spine. The simultaneous discussion of a group of uninjured patients with cervical spondylosis is most inappropriate and quite confusing.

The organization of the text into a maze of sections and titles is poor. The illustrations are of good quality, but

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