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The Book Forum
July 20, 1964

Injuries of the Spine

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Washington, DC

JAMA. 1964;189(3):245. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070030067041

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Since World War II, there has been a deluge of texts presenting orthopedics on a regional basis. The shoulder, the elbow, the hand, the hip, the knee, the ankle, and the foot have all been so treated, most more than once. Cogman's book on the shoulder and Smillie's on the knee have become classics. Most others, however, are mediocre because of the dogmatism that the isolated study of a single part of the body engenders. A good teaching text must present all important points of view. This, I am pleased to say, the authors of Injuries of the Spine have accomplished, making a genuine contribution to orthopedic literature.

A fascinating historical treatise by Dr. George Bennett provides temporal orientation, emphasizing that we today are writing only one more chapter in orthopedics. Appropriate for a text, the subjects are presented in breadth rather than in depth. A well-organized bibliography furnishes direction

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