The fourth edition of The Cervical Spine, by the Cervical Spine
Research Society Editorial Committee, has substantially increased in volume
and knowledge. Although there is much duplication of information from the
third edition, this edition adds benefit through substantial reorganization.
The text basically remains a referral and teaching tool. It is generally
extremely well illustrated, making reading much more comprehensive.
Unfortunately, many of the chapters suffer from a duplication of information,
particularly with regard to topics such as anatomy, biomechanics, and
pathophysiology; however, each chapter is complete in itself, allowing the
reader to look to various chapters to obtain information. The text provides
very little information on functional outcomes, which was a topic of
conversation throughout the spine community in 2005. Also, there is little
information on mechanical disc replacement or biological repair of the