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February 27, 1967

Current Practice in Orthopaedic Surgery

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1966, vol 3, edited by John P. Adams, 276 pp, with illus, $18.75, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(9):676-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090118041

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The book concerns itself with three subjects. Section 1 is devoted to the history of American orthopedic surgery and consists of short biographies of two early American orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Shands gives the reader a rather vivid picture of the areas of interest, accomplishments, and shortcomings of Drs. Detmold and Bauer. Section 2 is devoted to cerebral palsy, and includes an excellent section on equinus deformity by Drs. Bassett and Baker.

The third subdivision is general orthopedics. The problem of nonunion and aseptic necroses following fractures of the femoral neck has been markedly improved in Dr. Deyerle's hands using a fixation device and operative technique which offer more efficient fixation of the fracture fragments. This technique apparently improves results; however, it requires a well-organized operating room and a technically capable operator.

The section on manual testing of the upper extremity musculature by Helen Vaugh, RPT, contains material necessary in every