This is one of two recently published texts on cervical spondylosis. The book reviewed herein is written by a single author, whereas the other, Cervical Spondylosis and Other Disorders of the Cervical Spine, edited by the late Lord Brain (William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1957) has eight contributors.
Smith's monograph is divided into two major parts. The first covers anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the second is on clinical aspects. The latter covers the clinical entities of cervical spondylosis, root compression, spinal cord injury (resulting from diseases of the cervical vertebra), insufficiency of the vertebral circulation, and treatment of these disorders.
This book has the advantage of reflecting the experiences and opinions of one man. However, certain sections give the impression of merely being an exhaustive review of the literature rather than a synthesis of the author's personal knowledge of that area. This is particularly true of the initial portions on functional