The Cervical Spine by Robert W. Bailey of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals is a short volume encompassing many aspects of cervical spine disease, ranging from congenital abnormalities to infections. Several coauthors have contributed worthwhile chapters to this book, notably Edgar Kahn.
In general, this book serves best as an introduction to the various disorders of the cervical spine and it should have appeal to the neophyte in orthopedic or neurological surgery who will read it critically.
The book is well illustrated. The organization of the material leaves something to be desired. Sections on congenital abnormalities and functional neuroanatomy are scattered in several chapters.
Important chapters by the senior author on surgical technique, fracture dislocation, and disk disorders and degenerative arthritis represent personal views and experience with little reference to the thinking and techniques of others, such as Cloward in this country and Verbiest