Restoring Function to the Injured Human Spinal Cord

  • Richard Ben Borgens

Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 171)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Richard Ben Borgens
    Pages 1-2
  3. Richard Ben Borgens
    Pages 19-24
  4. Richard Ben Borgens
    Pages 41-50
  5. Richard Ben Borgens
    Pages 51-66
  6. Richard Ben Borgens
    Pages 107-107
  7. Richard Ben Borgens
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  8. Richard Ben Borgens
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 141-161

About this book



Of catastrophic traumas to the human body, spinal cord injury (SCI) has least benefited from innovations arising from the new biology. Since after WW II, the "standard of care" for SCI has changed little. The controversial use of high dosages of steroids has provided only modest benefit to patients – but not without the enhanced risk of mortality. Novel therapies arising form biochemistry and genetics have not materialized in over 15 years, and are unlikely to in the author’s opinion. Instead, appreciation of biophysics and cell physiology in controlling nerve injury, growth, regeneration, and function has produced innovative clinical approaches now in testing in human spinal cord injury.


Axonal regeneration anatomy biophysics peripheral nerve bridge physiology spinal cord regeneration stem cells

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Ben Borgens
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Veterinary MedicinePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.School of EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-44367-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59361-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-7065
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