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Book and Media Reviews
November 28, 2012

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgical Emergencies

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliation: Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (rbielski@uchicago.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(20):2151-2152. doi:10.1001/jama.308.20.2151-b

In this new textbook, the authors seek to provide a concise manual or starting point for the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic surgical emergencies in children. The authors are to be commended for compiling a text that recognizes that not all pediatric emergencies are related to fractures and trauma. Most general orthopedists probably keep fracture textbooks readily available for reference in the middle of the night when they are called on to treat a difficult fracture, but a simple resource to aid in the treatment of problems such as a septic hip and necrotizing fasciitis is not as easy to come by. Coverage of these topics is a great help.