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January 20, 1940

From Head to Foot

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By Armitage Whitman, M.D. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 262. New York & Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(3):279. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810030079040

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The author is well qualified to write "From Head to Foot," which is a practical discussion of the more frequently encountered orthopedic conditions. Separate chapters are devoted to a consideration of posture, the foot, scoliosis, poliomyelitis, spastic paralysis, fractures, joint injuries, osteomyelitis and low back pain. A clear clinical picture is presented to the reader in simple, nontechnical language; at the same time the difficulties which the physician encounters in diagnostic and therapeutic problems are discussed in a frank and sympathetic manner. The chapters on influences of a handicap, physical therapy, social service and veterans deal with the psychologic, sociologic and economic aspect of disease. The literary style is informal and conversational. Frequently emphasis is established by use of illustrative dramatic episodes from the author's experience. This volume is recommended for the layman's medical library.

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