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This second volume in a series of four is devoted to surgery of the spinal column and pelvis. The book opens with a historical review of the subjects under discussion, and it is heartening to note that the editors are thoroughly acquainted with the surgical literature of the world. The chapters on scoliosis and tuberculosis are outstanding, as are the chapters on trauma and neurological disturbances due to spinal diseases. There is a wealth of information in this part of the work, and the author of each chapter is highly competent. The chapter on scoliosis by Lindemann contains practically everything one needs to know about the history, pathology, and treatment of this condition. The treatment is highlighted by the work of such North American surgeons as Risser and Cobb. It is stated, "Early surgery is indicated in scoliosis, but the prognosis is unfavorable." To this should be added that it
Handbuch der Orthopädie. In vier Bänden. JAMA. 1959;170(6):756. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010060124038