Synopsis of Spine Surgery: 3rd Edition

Author(s): Howard S An, Kern Singh

Published by: Thieme

Price: £71.99

No. of Pages: 334

ISBN Number: 9781626230309

Ebook ISBN Number: 9781626230316

Book reviewed by: Maggie K Lee

Published online: 01 Mar 2016

This is the 3rd edition by An and Singh. As per previous editions, it is well structured and concise. It contains information alike for novices in Spinal Surgery and for experts.

The aim of this book is exactly ‘what it says on the tin’, to offer the reader a comprehensive review of spinal diseases and conditions. Its layout is logical and leads the reader on a journey through the management of spinal pathology, beginning with anatomy, basic principles, physical examination, investigations, non-surgical management and surgery. All this, with many illustrations, radiological images and useful tables included.

It is packed with facts, without much narrative, which makes it a valuable resource of reference. The suggested reading list at the end of each chapter is a useful addition, although some of the references are not very up to date.

On the down side, the quality of reproduction of MRI images and clinical photographs is quite poor. And, although there is a legend for each image, more comprehensive labelling of these images would have been beneficial. And there are some labelling errors, in Chapter 10 (where the cervical spine level is mis-labelled) and in Chapter 14.

Overall, this book is one of the best in its class, and a ‘must have’ for students and trainees embarking on serious exploration of Spinal Surgery.