Book Reviews
May 1948

Source Book of Orthopaedics.

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By Edgar M. Bick, M.D., F.A.C.S. Second edition. Price, $8. Pp. 496. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1948.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(5):771. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020788024

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The title of this work, "Source Book of Orthopaedics," may be faintly misleading. It is not a source book in a contemporary sense but rather a historical documentation covering the development of orthopedic surgery over a period of two thousand years. As such it is packed with information that should be of interest to any physician and particularly to orthopedic surgeons. Many of the early physicians, from Hippocrates to Galen, Hunter and others, possessed amazing powers of observation and description. Ingenious methods of treatment were devised for fractures, scoliosis and other skeletal deformities. The book demonstrates throughout that again and again the medical profession has "rediscovered" diagnoses and treatment that had been clearly recognized one hundred years or so before.

The book has been revised and brought up to date. Part two is divided into chapters covering the various phases of orthopedic surgery, and each chapter includes a complete bibliography

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