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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Riad Barmada, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This fifth edition of a comprehensive reference on spine disorders in adults and children and related basic sciences is offered in two hardcover volumes with 99 chapters and over 1,600 pages.
Purpose: The purpose is to update the previous editions and add several new chapters to provide information on new concepts and techniques.
Audience: The audience includes orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, as well as other physicians and healthcare personnel involved in managing patients with spine disorders.
Features: Volume one starts with related basic sciences and the diagnostic process, anatomy, and surgical approaches to cervical thoracic and lumbar spines followed by spinal fusion techniques and children's spine disorders. Volume two deals with regional spine problems, such as cervical and thoracic spine and other specific disorders that include stenosis, trauma, deformities, tumors, and complications and problems related to failed surgery.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive reference on spine disorders in adults and children. It is well organized and includes useful quality illustrations. Like the previous editions, this book will be very popular and will be a great help to orthopedic surgeons and other physicians who are involved in treating patients with spine disorders.