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Book and Media Reviews
October 27, 2010

Children’s Orthopaedics and Fractures

JAMA. 2010;304(16):1844. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1550

This textbook encompasses the breadth of pediatric orthopedics and boasts an outstanding list of contributors from around the world. Although most textbooks of orthopedic surgery comprise multiple volumes, this one succinctly touches on almost all areas of pediatric orthopedics in a single volume. The individual chapters are concise and well written. There is no geographical bias, and the information presented is suitable for orthopedic surgeons worldwide.

Readers will be struck by the extent of the research presented in each chapter. The references are appropriate and timely. Up-to-date information is provided for readers preparing for certifying examinations both written and oral. Although I particularly enjoyed the “Growth and Its Variants” chapter, the topic of basic science in pediatric orthopedics is strongly presented throughout, as is clinical information. Particularly noteworthy chapters include “Leg Deformity and Length Discrepancy,” “Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip,” “Clubfoot,” “Spinal Deformities,” “Principles of Fracture Care,” and “Management of Growth Plate Injuries.” The “Fractures” section reads like a handbook for care, and its chapters are helpful and pragmatic for the clinician and for students learning about fracture care.