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December 16, 1992

One Hundred Orthopaedic Conditions Every Doctor Should Understand

Author Affiliations

Tampa, Fla


by Roy A. Meals, 310 pp, with illus, paper $28, ISBN O-942219376, St Louis, Mo, Quality Medical Publishing Inc, 1992.

JAMA. 1992;268(23):3379. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490230109043

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It is a given that some scientific intelligentsia find the study of bones to be boring. In order to dispel and bury that notion forever, Dr Meals and his gaggle of 26 medical student coauthors have produced a 310-page paperback text that is not only fun to read, but instructive as well.

Using a format of short-story telling for each of the 62 chapters (related conditions are grouped together to form 100 subjects), orthopedic subjects are made interesting and informative. Basic musculoskeletal principles are heavily emphasized in italics on the borders, illustrations and x-rays appropriately accompany the text but do not overwhelm it, and a terse, up-to-date bibliography finishes the chapters.

For example, would you believe a chapter called "Pool Party" teaches us about diving accidents, cervical spine injuries, protocol for trauma victims, neurological and radiological evaluations, and thoracic and lumbar spinal instability... in just six pages? Cleverness and didactics