December 1977

Spinal Deformities

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New Haven, Conn


by Robert Roaf, 256 pp, 450 illus, $27, J. B. Lippincott Co, 1977.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(12):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370120097019

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This book is a view of spinal deformities from the learned perspective of a respected clinical scholar who has written on the spine for many years. The book is written with a pleasant, smooth, clear style in the scholarly English tradition, with ample historical perspective. Each chapter is introduced with appropriately selected quotes that may come from just about any place in the world and about any time in recorded history. The first three sections of the book are introduced by quotes from Sir William Osler, Mao Tse Tung, and Matthew, 7:27. The book covers spinal deformity very thoroughly, and as virtually any disease involving the spine can cause spinal deformity, the book becomes an overview of the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of all the various diseases that can affect the structural characteristics of the human spine. I believe the book would be useful to those involved in the clinical

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