April 9, 1973

Pediatric Orthopedics

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston


by Mihran O. Tachdjian, 2 vol, 1,767 pp, 3,025 illus, $65, W. B. Saunders Co., 1972.

JAMA. 1973;224(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220150059037

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This is a textbook on children's orthopedics designed for orthopedic surgeons in practice or in training. It is classical in its approach, starting with the details of history taking, physical examination, and diagnosis and then proceeding to a full discussion of the pertinent conditions. It strikes a good balance between details of operative treatment and the other aspects of each problem—etiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic.

Two main uses will be served by this book. First, those in training for orthopedic specialization will find in it a competent portrayal of all important clinical aspects of children's orthopedics. One might say that if anyone knew and practiced all that is in this two-volume set he would be an excellent if not superb children's orthopedic surgeon. Second, this book will serve as a reference or review for practicing orthopedists not familiar with some specific conditions or specific treatment.

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