By E. P. Brockman, M.Chir., F.R.C.S., Orthopædic Surgeon, Westminster Hospital. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 110, with 92 illustrations. New York: William Wood & Company, 1930.
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Congenital clubfoot is a common condition. The causes and treatment are still under discussion. The author presents the various theories of etiology. He believes that the cause is a failure of development of the structures of the foot independent of any extrinsic influences. This results in subluxation of the astragalocalcaneoscaphoid joint and shortening of the muscles that control the socket for the head of the astragalus. He describes pathology, anatomy and various types of deformity. The treatment of various types and at different ages is discussed. The subject matter is well chosen and the sequence is excellent. The illustrations are well selected and executed. There is a disagreement with the author's position concerning early treatment. It is a book that should be read by every orthopedic surgeon and can be read by the obstetrician and general practitioner with benefit. This book was awarded the Robert Jones gold medal given by
Congenital Club-Foot (Talipes Equinovarus).. JAMA. 1930;95(19):1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190062040