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Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery
James O. Sanders, MD1
1 Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenErie, Pennsylvania
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Lawrence G. Lenke, Randal R. Betz, and Juergen Harms, editors. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing; 2004. 727 pages. $275.00.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Feb 01;87(2):481-a-482
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During the 1990s, a number of prominent spinal deformity surgeons collaborated closely with Professor Juergen Harms in the development and study of anterior spinal deformity surgery. Modern Anterior Scoliosis Surgery, a multiauthored text edited by Drs. Larry Lenke, Randy Betz, and Juergen Harms, is an important fruit of these efforts.Anterior spinal deformity surgery has undergone many improvements from Dwyer's original instrumentation. This book describes the evolution and the successes as well as the failures of the various techniques. While the current pendulum appears to be swaying toward posterior pedicle screw fixation, the various authors of this book demonstrate that, compared with posterior surgery, anterior spinal deformity surgery has the potential to save spinal motion segments and possibly improve patient outcome. This book provides insight into the infrastructure that is needed to evaluate results. Hopefully, this type of infrastructure will help to determine the proper role of both anterior and posterior spinal deformity surgery.
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