June 1974

Fractures and Dislocations in Children.

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Medical School 419 Belmont St Worchester, MA 01604


By Andrew G Pollen. Price, $25.50. Pp 234. Williams & Wilkins Co, Baltimore, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(6):918. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110250144037

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The preface dictates the audience for whom the book is written: "This book has been written as a practical guide for the management of those injuries for the use of accident officers and registrars, and is not intended to be the comprehensive manual on fracture treatment." If the intention of the book is truly as a "practical guide," it should not be presented as a complete treatise on the problems of fractures and dislocations of children.

The introduction describes the fracture vocabulary and presents a classification of epiphysial injuries. There is, in fact, confusion between two different classifications of injury and epiphysial injury in this section. The discussion of fractures in different anatomical areas is presented in an outline form with fair reproduction of the roentgenographs.

The general outline of the book is not dissimilar to a more complete book on fractures in children by Walter P. Blount, published by

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