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Book Reviews
February 1940

Functional Disorders of the Foot: Their Diagnosis and Treatment.

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By Frank D. Dickson, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Rex L. Diveley, M.D., F.A.C.S. Price, $5. Pp. 305, with 202 illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(2):451. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990130234021

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The authors of this book present their material in a simple manner which encourages one to read. The text can be used by nurses or by orthopedic surgeons, but it will be of the most value to the general practitioner, who sees the majority of patients with disorders of the feet and ought to have a better understanding of the problem. If the general practitioners would read and profit by this book, many of their patients would not drift away to semiprofessional practitioners.

The authors call attention to the fact that disorders of the feet are an economic, social and medical problem. The text develops the subject in chapters from the anatomy and physiology of the bones and musculature to clinical observations of normal and abnormal functions, especially imbalance of the foot. The causative factors of each functional disorder are discussed, and consequently corrective measures are easily understood.

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