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December 17, 1960

Fractures & Orthopaedic Surgery for Nurses and Physiotherapists

JAMA. 1960;174(16):2090. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030160076027

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This book was read with the hope that there would be particular application to the role of the nurse or physiotherapist in relation to fractures. It was disappointing in that there seems to be no discussion of such a role. If the book was written as a textbook for nurses and physiotherapists, it is too far advanced for their medical knowledge, particularly in its descriptions of operations, correction of deformities, and other methods of treatment. This would be better as a book for junior medical students. Several parts of the book, the reference to the making of plaster of Paris bandages for example, would seem to have been written 20 or 30 years ago. The chapter on amputations is sketchy, and there are several points of controversy regarding the treatment indicated for various disabilities. The drawings are excellent and the photographs and roentgenographic reproductions are of the usual high British

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