Book Reviews
March 1940


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By Paul B. Magnuson, M.D., F.A.C.S. Third edition. Price, $5. Pp. 511, with 317 illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(3):683. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990140226023

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This is an excellent textbook for practitioners who are treating the majority of fractures which occur in everyday life. The text is clearly and simply written, and there is no great amount of unnecessary detail.

Every common type of fracture is discussed and illustrated either by roentgenograms or by diagrams with the exception of fractures of the jaw, which the author feels should be relegated to a special field. There is a brief but comprehensive introduction into the principles of handling cases of fracture. There are numerous innovations and improvements over standard methods for treating some of the commonest injuries, and the mechanical principles set forth are sound. The chapter on hip fractures is thorough, yet not too detailed to be understandable. There is an excellent chapter on fractures of the skull as well as one on fractures of the spine.

Simplicity and moderate conservatism are the two keynotes found

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