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November 21, 1986

The Human Skeleton

Author Affiliations

University of South Florida Medical Center Tampa

JAMA. 1986;256(19):2740. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380190110040

This is a remarkable book. The authors, two anatomists from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a medical illustrator now attending medical school, are to be congratulated on producing The Human Skeleton, which is alive and dynamic, vitally interesting, and exceedingly thorough. It is divided into three parts and consists of 343 pages, including index, glossary, and 145 lucid illustrations. Part 1, "The Nature of Bone," gives us the basic concepts, structure, biochemistry, growth, and a section on joints and lubrication. The second part, "The Function of Bones," is the largest and combines the anatomic areas with separate chapters on breathing, manipulation, walking, and chewing.

The final part deals with interpretation of bones according to age, sex, race, and stature, the effects of trauma and disease on bones, and, in a final chapter, reconstruction. An excellent glossary, an up-to-date bibliography, and a workable index add to enjoyment and usability. The black-and-white