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November 21, 1990

Orthopedic Pathophysiology In Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian—St Luke's Medical Center Chicago, Ill

Rush-Presbyterian—St Luke's Medical Center Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1990;264(19):2576. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450190108039

Orthopedic Pathophysiology in Diagnosis and Treatment is a book that was waiting to be written, and I am pleased to see it finally in print. This much-needed survey of "The Principal Musculoskeletal Lesions Encountered in Practice," which emphasizes "those pathological and pathophysiological features important to the clinician, that is, the features important for diagnosis and treatment," is authored by Jonathan Cohen, Michael Bonfiglio, and Crawford J. Campbell. These three are heavy cannons and eminently qualified for this task.

What they've given us is a text that discusses and integrates basic pathology with clinical findings, laying a basis for rational and informed therapeutic decision making. Not every orthopedic problem needs to be covered as the emphasis is on method and process rather than material and technique. Each section is well focused. There is a cogent introductory chapter on interpretive skills, after which we plunge headlong into one on inflammation and infection.