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From The CriticsReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MSc(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: New technologies for the dynamic instrumentation of the spine have been emerging over the past few years. In addition, newer surgical techniques, approaches, and devices have been developed for spinal surgery.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to present new technologies and devices for anterior and posterior dynamic spinal instrumentation. These are worthy objectives in such a rapidly evolving field.
Audience: Neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, fellows, and residents interested in the management of complex spinal conditions are the intended audience. The authors are very well known authorities in the field and leading physicians in the community.
Features: Authors from well known institutions around the world write the 48 chapters in this book. The book is divided into sections that overview the basic motion aspects of the spine and progressively concentrate on the different available spinal instrumentation devices, including pedicle-screw based systems, interspinous process spacers. The book then migrates into different technical nuances on anterior and posterior approaches for different spinal levels. In all chapters, one can find excellent illustrations and well written and well referenced text accessible to those at all levels of expertise, from apprentice to expert practitioners. It's well worth its price.
Assessment: This is a must for any neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, radiologist, spine resident, or fellow, since it covers most of the recent updates in spinal instrumentation.