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December 8, 1962

Examination and Diagnosis of the Spine and Extremities

JAMA. 1962;182(10):1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050490087031

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A manual of orthopedic examination is a worthwhile addition to any physician's library. Although most examinations and investigations of bone disease are delegated to the rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon, other members of the medical family would do well to take note of several of the points included in this system of physical examination. "Orthopedics today comprises the diagnosis and treatment of deformities, diseases, and disabilities of the arms, legs and back, the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bursae, and fasciae."

The book falls into 2 major portions. The first is concerned with the full workup of the patient from an orthopedic viewpoint, including the history, physical examination, laboratory tests, areas to be x-rayed, and differential diagnosis. Of particular usefulness, will be the tables of differential diagnosis and of joint motions, muscle attachments, function, and innervation. The second part contains an outstanding collection of well reproduced