Alexander R. Vaccaro, editor. New York: Marcel Dekker; 2003. 751 pages. $195.00.
In his introduction to this book, Dr. Vaccaro states that his goal was to provide a quick and easy reference to fracture subtypes, spinal injury management protocols, and aftercare. He notes that he asked his contributing authors to focus on "particular issues of spinal pathophysiology and fracture subtypes rather than on regional spinal pathology." In this well-organized and generally well-written book, the editor and his authors have adhered to this plan and, for the most part, have achieved their goals.
The book begins with a number of introductory chapters that will appeal to a widespread audience and that are generally quite good. The chapter on etiology and demographics and the chapter on emergency management are both outstanding, as is the chapter dealing with theoretical issues regarding the timing …
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