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New York/Stuttgart – According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury per year in the United States alone. There have been some extraordinary breakthroughs in spinal cord injury (SCI) research recently, and the challenge is to ensure that these achievements in research are realized in everyday clinical practice to the benefit of SCI patients and their families. “Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury” is a comprehensive yet concise reference that will enable neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and allied health professionals caring for SCI patients to translate research results into patient care. It is also an excellent resource for those preparing for the board exam in SCI medicine.

"This book should be on the shelves of neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, nurses, intensivists, rehabilitation physicians, researchers and students. I cannot say enough regarding the value of this book.  Like a Bible, it should be on the shelf of any clinician or scientist who harbors any interest whatsoever in the field of Spinal Cord Injury.  It is, indeed, a gem!"—from the Foreword by Edward Benzel, MD

"It is our hope that this book will engage and attract bright, motivated students to the field and allow experts and seasoned practitioners to fine tune and broaden their knowledge.  Moreover, we feel that this text will enable basic scientists with an interest in spinal cord injury to understand better the key clinical concepts underlying this challenging condition." – from the Authors' Preface

With short, focused chapters, this new publication facilitates a solid working knowledge of the essentials of this important field.

Michael G. Fehlings
Essentials of Spinal Cord Injury
682 pp, 177 illustrations
ISBN: 9781604067262
eBook – available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
eISBN: 9781604067279

About the Authors

Michael G. Fehlings,  MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, is the Gerald and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration,  Co-Chairman  Spinal Program,  University of Toronto, and Medical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Center, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD,  is Everrett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Neurosurgery, Co-Director, Delaware Valley Spinal Cord Injury Center, Co-Chief, Spine Surgery, and Co-Director, Spine Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, The Rothman Institute at Jefferson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, FACS, is Associate Professor and Ole A., Mabel  Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Research Chair, University of Louisville Center for Advanced Neurosurgery, and Attending Neurosurgeon, Robley Rex VA Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Serge Rossignol, MD, PhD, is Professor, Department of Physiology,  Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (FRSQ) and Canada Research Chair on the Spinal Cord, Université de Montréal , Montréal, Canada.

John Ditunno, MD, is Director, Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Anthony Burns, MD, MSc, is Medical Director, Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program,  Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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