Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
January 16, 1991

Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System

Author Affiliations

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

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


5 vols, edited by G. McCollister Evarts, 2nd ed, 5214+ pp, with illus, $495, ISBN 0-443-08516-1, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1990.

JAMA. 1991;265(3):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460030109042

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Have you ever noticed how some books seem to have a life of their own? With time, they grow, they age, and they even put on weight. Such is the case with Surgery of the Musculoskeletal System (first reviewed in JAMA [1984;252:1351-1352]), which in its second edition, at five volumes (5214 + pages), has almost reached critical mass. It could almost be ein Deutsches Handbuch, an oxymoron if ever there was one, as it is not per se a book and could never be held in one's hand. However, this seems the trend; other members of the genre have been planted rather than pruned in their later editings. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics (CV Mosby Co, 1989), the parent of the species, matured to four volumes (3250 pages) in its seventh edition. Only the young Chapman's Operative Orthopaedics, (reviewed in JAMA [1989;261:1650]) is no fatter (still three volumes, 2293 pages) the second time