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Book and Media Reviews
September 12, 2007

Epiphyseal Growth Plate Fractures

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(10):1220-1225. doi:10.1001/jama.298.10.1222

Epiphyseal Growth Plate Fractures is an enormous undertaking by Hamlet Peterson, MD, emeritus chair of pediatric orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic. It is his attempt to summarize all the important literature and knowledge of growth plate injuries from the twentieth century. Long recognized as a leader in the orthopedic community on this subject, there are none more qualified to take on this task. It is an immense amount of work for a single author.

The book is divided into 3 major sections: “General Considerations,” “Anatomic Sites,” and “Premature Physeal Arrest.” The first section is an excellent overview of the problem—including anatomy, classification, evaluation, and management. A chapter on classification gives a thorough review of the systems that evolved over the last century. An epidemiology chapter goes into great detail on Peterson's own work with the Olmsted County study of physeal fractures and is filled with tables of data that will long serve as a reference point when discussing these injuries.