June 1981

Treatment of Fractures in Children and Adolescents

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New Haven, Conn


edited by B. G. Weber, Ch. Brunner, and F. Freuler, 408 pp, 462 illus, $118, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(6):843. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380180087022

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This book is a translation of the original German edition that appeared in 1978. It presents a comprehensive assessment of the experience of a group of surgeons over a number of years in a single hospital. Although written by a number of different authors, stylistically the chapters are well integrated. The illustrations are excellent and the authors' approach can be commended in that multiple films are used to illustrate specific cases, showing the results from the original injury to a reasonable follow-up—a factor that has been lacking in many previous books on children's fractures. What sets it apart from the previous books is the emphasis on open reduction of children's fractures. According to the authors' statistics, 16.2% were treated operatively. Yet, if one assesses the illustrations, it seems that a much higher percent were treated operatively. I think this conveys the wrong impression, because children's fractures can usually be treated

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