December 1967

Bone and Joint Clinicopathologic Conferences of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Edited by Benjamin Castleman, MD, and J. Malcolm McNeill, MD. Price, $15. Pp 254, with 253 illustrations. American Medical Book Publishers, 34 Beacon St, Boston, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(6):750. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300050106022

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This is the third in the series of collected clinicopathological conferences of the Massachusetts General Hospital; the first two were devoted to medical and surgical cases. Fifty bone and joint disease cases have been selected for this volume, and among them we find a fascinating array of skeletal pathology including tumors, infections, metabolic disorders, and some surprising combinations.

The book is a joy to read and reread. It is an ideal browsing medium, to be picked up at odd moments for a light literary nibble. The average case can be read in leisurely fashion in about 15 minutes, and each individual case can be profitably reread. The presentations are superbly organized, and the information content is so dense that many bits may be overlooked in a first reading.

The conferences include unusual conditions masquerading as common entities and the converse. Among my own favorites were the case of rheumatoid arthritis

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