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June 17, 1968

The Doctor and the Athlete

Author Affiliations

Lincoln, Neb


by Isao Hirata, Jr., 282 pp, 13 illus, $11, Philadelphia and Toronto: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;204(12):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140250129028

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The author is a surgeon who serves at Yale as football team physician and intercollegiate athletic surgeon. With literary competance, he has produced a truly practical and readable book, directed primarily to the nonspecialist whose responsibilities encompass preventive care and treatment of athletes.

The first part deals with general principles and covers such important areas as pre-participation examination, general conditioning, diets and habits, and proper playing conditions. Ten pages are given to a discussion of the pathology of injury, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Part 2, comprising three fourths of the total volume, is devoted to diagnosis and treatment of common athletic injuries. Divided into 14 chapters, it covers injuries from the skin through deep visceral organs. Where necessary for clarification, diagrams of anatomy and taping procedures are included, although the author assumes physician competence in the former and grants the athletic trainer competence in the latter. It is unique to find