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March 3, 1999

Orthopedics: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics, vols 1-4

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(9):850. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.850-JBK0303-2-1

This is the ninth edition of a widely used and well-respected orthopedic reference. Even though the 27 contributors address virtually every major procedure for orthopedic disorders, the user-friendly layout makes this a manageable resource for those interested in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease.

The four volumes seem somewhat overwhelming at first glance. Infrequently performed procedures are described in detail (for example, elbow arthrodesis has six different techniques presented) and extensive references follow each chapter (the chapter on femoral neck fractures has 88 references ranging from 1904 to 1995). But, I find this more indicative of completeness than redundancy.