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January 20, 1940

Functional Disorders of the Foot: Their Diagnosis and Treatment

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By Frank D. Dickson, M.D., F.A.C.S., Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Luke's, Kansas City General, and Wheatley Hospitals, Kansas City, and Rex L. Diveley, A.B., M.D., F.A.C.S., Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Luke's, Kansas City General, Research, and Wheatley Hospitals, Kansas City, Missouri. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 305, with 202 illustrations. Philadelphia, Montreal & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(3):278. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810030078034

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The first three chapters are an introductory foundation to the clinical picture and carefully but simply present the evolution, anatomy and physiology of the foot. Then follow the primary causes of foot imbalance and an unusually good chapter on foot examination. The next four chapters are on foot imbalance from infancy to adulthood. Each age group is presented, and the treatment discussed is basically logical and widely accepted. The discussion of foot apparel has real merit. Many of the disorders of foot function can be attributed to improper apparel. Most of the treatment requires proper foot wear for obtaining good therapeutic results. Clinical entities are then presented and the book closes with the chapters on adhesive strappings and exercises. The surgical treatment of flat foot, bunions, hammer toes and corns is excellent and the diagrammatic drawings are of great explanatory value. The entire subject of the foot is presented clearly

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