Spinal Instability

Springer Science & Business Media
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In this volume, world authorities on spinal surgery from the fields of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Neuroscience present current data on the basic science and clinical management of the unstable spine. Unique to this book: a frank presentation of controversies in the field.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Dec 6, 2012
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Pages
529
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ISBN
9781461393269
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English
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Medical / Clinical Medicine
Medical / Orthopedics
Medical / Surgery / Neurosurgery
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