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November 25, 1950

The Causation and Treatment of Delayed Union in Fractures of the Long Bone

JAMA. 1950;144(13):1134-1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920130086036

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In this relatively small book there is an enormous amount of information on the physiology and pathology of bone. Part 1, The Morphogenesis of Bone, includes discussions of the structure and chemistry of bone, a short history of the research in reconstruction, deposition and resorption of bone and the relation between structure and function in bone morphology. In part 2, The Healing of Fractures, the author discusses the anatomic structures involved in repair as well as the process of repair following fractures. Part 3, on the etiology and treatment of delayed union, includes statistics, adjuvant therapeutic methods, the principles and management of difficult fractures, the treatment of closed and open fractures, septic fractures and the skin problem. The bibliography indicates the extent of investigation of literature. The title of the book might result in underestimation of its contents. Actually, healing of the long bone fractures is dealt with in detail

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