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Spinal Anatomy

Modern Concepts

  • Jean Marc Vital
  • Derek Thomas Cawley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Phylogenesis and Ontogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sebastien Pesenti, Nicole Philip, Gerard Bollini
      Pages 19-24
    3. A. Dimeglio, F. Bonnel, F. Canavese
      Pages 25-52
    4. Jean Marc Vital, A. Dimeglio, M. Petit, L. Boissière
      Pages 53-74
    5. J. Sénégas, H. Bouloussa, D. Liguoro, G. Yoshida, Jean Marc Vital
      Pages 75-109
  3. Postural Anatomy

  4. Descriptive Anatomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Jean Marc Vital, L. Boissière
      Pages 143-151
    3. I. Obeid, Jean Marc Vital
      Pages 153-160
    4. O. Gille, T. Chevillotte
      Pages 161-170
    5. Jean Marc Vital, M. Laurentjoye, A. Dimeglio, T. Chevillotte
      Pages 189-206
    6. B. Lavignolle
      Pages 207-216
    7. Christian Louis, René Louis
      Pages 217-227
    8. Jean Marc Vital
      Pages 229-242

About this book


This richly illustrated and comprehensive book covers a broad range of normal and pathologic conditions of the vertebral column, from its embryology to its development, its pathology, its dynamism and its degeneration. The dynamic anatomy of the living subject is viewed using the latest technologies, opening new perspectives to elucidate the pathology of the spine and improve spinal surgery. The respective chapters review in depth all sections of the vertebral column and offer new insights, e.g. the 3D study of vertebral movements using the “EOS system,” which makes it possible to define an equilibrium of posture and its limits. New histological and chemical findings on the intervertebral disc, as well as detailed descriptions of the aponeuroses and fasciae, are also provided.

Bringing together the experience of several experts from the well-known French school, this book offers a valuable companion for skilled experts and postgraduate students in various fields: orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiotherapy, rheumatology, musculoskeletal therapy, rehabilitation, and kinesiology.


Vertebral Column Embryology of the spine Postural Anatomy Vertrebral joints Spinal cord Dynamic anatomy growing spine intervertebral disc

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Marc Vital
    • 1
  • Derek Thomas Cawley
    • 2
  1. 1.Spinal UnitCentre Hospitalier, Universitaire de BordeauxBordeauxFrance
  2. 2.Spinal UnitCentre Hospitalier, Universitaire de BordeauxBordeauxFrance

About the editors

Since 1989, Jean Marc Vital has been an Intern and University Professor of orthopedic and traumatology surgery at the University of Medicine of Bordeaux, as well as Head of the Department of Spinal Diseases and Director of the Anatomy Laboratory at the Paul Broca faculty. Upon completing his residency in Bordeaux in 1980, he received the Gold Medal Award of Surgery. Moreover, he earned an MD in human biology in the field of anatomy. In 1981 he was appointed Instructor of Anatomy and Organogenesis as well as Intern in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology. In the same year, he became Senior Registrar of the Department run by Prof. Jacques Senegas. He also earned the national specialized Diploma in Sports Medicine (CES).  

As a spine surgeon, Dr. Vital has a special interest in spinal deformities (with particular emphasis on sagittal balance) and in cervical spine surgery (cervical prostheses and myelopathy). He has been a member of several outstanding societies such as the French Medical College of Anatomy since 1989, and the European Cervical Spine Research Society since 2003. He also serves on the editorial boards of the European Spine Journal, The Spine, and The French Journal of Orthopedic and Traumatology Surgery.

Dr. Derek Thomas Cawley is a Spinal Fellow at Bordeaux University Hospital. Having completed his training as an orthopedic surgeon in the Republic of Ireland, he is the author of several publications on orthopedic and spinal research topics. He has received numerous international awards as an orthopedic trainee including an RCSI/Ethicon bursary, BOA/Zimmer Biomet travelling fellowship, SOFCOT/ARMO foreign graduate award and the Mark Paterson/EFORT travelling fellowship. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spinal Anatomy
  • Book Subtitle Modern Concepts
  • Editors Jean Marc Vital
    Derek Thomas Cawley
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-20924-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-20927-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-20925-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 520
  • Number of Illustrations 94 b/w illustrations, 527 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by Sauramps Medical, Montpellier, 2016
  • Topics Orthopedics
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“It is directed toward residents and practicing clinicians in physical therapy, rehabilitation, rheumatology, and spine surgery. The book serves as an important source of information for these groups and fills an important niche. … This book has clearly met the need for a single source of all things spinal. The excellent writing and diagrams lend to material that is clear and effective. The book fulfills the niche needs of the spinal anatomy, comparative and human, and various spinal surgical pathologies.” (Brian R. MacPherson, Doody's Book Reviews, September 4, 2020)