May 1981

Atlas of Skeletal Maturation

Author Affiliations

Center for Human Growth and Development The University of Michigan 1111 E Catherine St Ann Arbor, MI 48109


by Michel Sempe and Carlos Pavia, 239 pp, Villeurbanne, France, Simep SA, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(5):489. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130290081032

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The first roentgenographic atlas that I know of, printed at the turn of the century, was hardly sophisticated in its presentation of skeletal maturation. But it was a Dreisprache Lexikon, a concession to the multilingual needs of the European community. This new atlas of skeletal maturation, using hand roentgenograms from the French Growth study, is similarly trilingual, with parallel paragraphs in French, Spanish, and English. It gives detailed attention to maturation criteria and it provides roentgenograms and textual comment on three girls and three boys selected from 497 participants.

Professor Sempe of Lyons, France, and Professor Pavia of Barcelona, Spain, provide a historical background, in the form of 100 marginal references, comments on skeletal maturation, and a table showing the number of films available at each half-year period. Individual films of the six French youngsters, presented as positive-print reproductions in the continental fashion, along with detailed trilingual descriptions, compose the

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