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New York/Stuttgart – World-renowned orthopedic and neurological spine surgeons have compiled, synthesized and summarized the most applicable scientific information available in their fields to produce Controversies in Spine Surgery. Published by Thieme, this succinctly written book takes a "best-evidence" approach to some of the most hotly debated topics in spine surgery.

"We foresee [this text] will provide spine surgeons with an improved understanding of the issues and allow them to provide a best evidence approach for their patients,” says author Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, FACS. “This entails basing clinical decisions on well documented, peer-reviewed literature results and reflecting on the values of the patient and the experience of the treating physician."

Each chapter is problem-oriented and features rigorously reviewed literature on frequently debated topics in the field. The authors grade material according to levels of evidence, and then provide objective recommendations to help readers streamline their medical decision making process and improve their patient care. Topics are intuitively arranged according to trauma, degenerative diseases, emerging technology, and infection. Busy medical professionals will appreciate the many tables and pearls throughout that enable them to review information quickly.

Controversies in Spine Surgery gives readers a comprehensive yet clear understanding of a variety of clinical scenarios and is ideal for residents, fellows or spine surgeons in orthopedic surgery, spine, or neurosurgery.

"This text provides a thorough review of the literature for some of the most debated topics in spine surgery," says co-author Jason C. Eck, DO, MS.


About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a privately held scientific and medical publishing house employing more than 950 people and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Stuttgart and three other locations in Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in medical and scientific publishing. Today, Thieme is the market leading publisher of neurosurgical content and holds strong market positions in orthopedics, radiology, anatomy and chemistry, among other specialties. Thieme publishes 137 peer-reviewed journals and over 500 new books annually. The company also has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products includeThieme eJournals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme visit


Bettina Ziegler, Public Relations and Press Office, Thieme Publishing Group, +49-711-8931-280, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aleta Kalkstein, Public Relations, Thieme Publishers New York, +1-212-584-4709, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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