NERVE INJURIES. OPERATIVE RESULTS FOR MAJOR NERVE INJURIES, ENTRAPMENTS, AND TUMORS. David G. Kline and Alan R. Hudson. Medical illustrations by Eugene New. Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders, 1995. $130.00, 611 pp.
This book on peripheral-nerve injures and their medical and operative treatment was written by two of the leading neurosurgeons in the field. After having worked in collaboration for more than fifteen years, the authors used their vast and comprehensive experience to develop a unified concept for the treatment of some of the most vexing and complex problems related to these injuries. The book's strength rests on a number of factors, but the most important is that it was written by only two people, both of whom are extremely familiar with the subject. This dual authorship has resulted in a well written work with a total lack of redundancy and a readability that remains consistent throughout. The book begins with a discussion of clinical and laboratory evaluation, followed by a presentation of the techniques designed for each situation. Postoperative management as well as potential complications are reviewed to provide completeness. As the title indicates, all forms of peripheral-nerve injuries are dealt with, including lacerations, contusions, entrapments, and tumors. The chapters are broken down anatomically by region, making it remarkably easy to locate information about problems associated with certain nerve syndromes and injuries. Each chapter begins with a short, concise