February 1970

The Growth Plate and Its Disorders.

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Edited by Mercer Rang, MB, FRCS. Price, $13.50. Pp 203. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1969.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(2):194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050196031

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This book is a superlative review of current knowledge regarding the physeal plate and supporting skeleton. It is a report based on a conference held in Jamaica and sponsored by the University of the West Indies. The participants represent a Grecian senate of knowledge regarding skeletal growth and maturation.

The book is very broad in its coverage and is divided into analysis of basic science on the one hand, and clinical science on the other. It is written in the splendid, cracker-barrel candor of our British colleagues that renders the reading as enjoyable as it is informative. The contents are best described in the Apologia by the editor himself: "Basic information about the growth plate is present in abundance, but it has not made a large impact on clinical understanding. Equally, there are clinical observations illustrating the workings of the growth plate which are unnoticed by the basic scientists. In

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