Edited by G. E. W. Wolstenholme and Cecilia M. O'Connor the Ciba Foundation. Price, $8. Pp. 299, with 121 illustrations. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston, 1956.
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This book contains a series of presentations and discussions of the presentations dealing with the newer concepts of the structure of bone. The structure of bone is developed in logical sequence starting with the anatomical approach, proceeding through the dynamic metabolism of the organic and inorganic constituents of bone, and linking the two approaches into a unified concept. Some of the material represents previously unpublished work and other material is summation of previously reported research.
The practicing physician may find that this book is difficult to read because of the many new and unfamiliar techniques employed in the elucidation of the structure of bone. A knowledge of autoradiographs, organic chemistry, and of isotope technique is necessary for critical analysis of most of the individual papers. The almost complete lack of practical applications makes this book of little value in the clinical practice of medicine. The pediatrician and internist would find
Bone Structure and Metabolism.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;93(5):588-589. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.02060040590023