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July 25, 1986

Complications in Orthopaedic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1986;256(4):532. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380040106042

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Ben Hecht once observed that "Doctors have a sense for things unseen and complications unstated." Orthopedic practitioners familiar with this fine book will, without a doubt, sharpen their senses of the possibilities (both seen and unseen), prevention, problems (both stated and unstated), and treatment of the many complications of their craft.

This second edition has added five new chapters to the 1978 text: "Complications of External Fixation," "Complications of Functional Bracing and Cast Bracing," "Complications of Microvascular Surgery," "Complications of Multiple Trauma," and "Complications of Allograft Surgery." The old chapters have been updated, new illustrations have been added, and references have been augmented. The original format of four parts has been retained. Part 1 discusses general considerations, anesthesia, traction and appliances, external fixation, cast bracing, implants, infections, and the role of secondary gain. Part 2 covers the complications of trauma; Part 3, the complications of arthroplasty and total joint replacement;