September 17, 1973

Bone Behaviour

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City


by Kitty Little, 464 pp, with illus, £8, Academic Press, 1973.

JAMA. 1973;225(12):1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220400063029

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The author designed this volume to introduce medical students and "junior doctors" to both the concepts of bone structure and dynamics and to bone research methodology. Most sections present ideas designed to achieve both goals. Unfortunately, the boundaries between the two often overlap in a manner leading to unneeded repetition and a lack of clarity.

The first chapter, perhaps the best in the book, summarizes in a more conventional fashion the structure and function of bone. Students should profit from a study of this. Subsequent discussions on bone, epiphyseal plates, and factors regulating bone behavior in health and disease may well confuse the novice. Many extensively discussed theories lack the documentation of data necessary to validate them.

The author injects still another type of research—strategic research— into an already confusing (and probably, in the biomedical field, an antiquated) distinction between basic and applied research. Strategic research supposedly results when an