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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book covers injuries to the spinal column and spinal cord.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate readers on how to manage spine trauma using mainly evidence-based medical studies in the literature, consensus opinions, and the personal experience of the authors.
Audience: The audience is mainly orthopedists, neurosurgeons, and their trainees, but researchers in the field, therapists, nurses, and rehabilitation staff would also find this book helpful.
Features: The book covers injury at all levels of the vertebral column from the cervical spine to the sacrum. The topics of evidence-based medicine, emergency room evaluation, intensive care unit management, pharmacology, rehabilitation, and transitional research are discussed. The chapters are well organized and supported with excellent tables and current and relevant references.
Assessment: Many of the authors belong to the Spine Trauma Study Group (STSG), a multidisciplinary and multinational group of neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. They have taken on the task of gathering state-of-the-art, evidence-based medical information on spinal trauma. This valuable work represents their initial major findings. I very highly recommend it to all medical personnel and researchers caring for patients with spinal and spinal cord trauma.