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October 25, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(17):1486-1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820430082033

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It is customary for an author to include a foreword or preface giving some explanation, often savoring of an apology, for writing the book. There are several untouched leaves in the forepages which might have been used for such a purpose, but the author leaves the reviewer completely in the dark as to just what purpose he had in mind for this book. However, the fact that the author, George Perkins, M.C., M.Ch., Oxon., F.R.C.S., is a member of the staff at St. Thomas's Hospital lends weight to the book.

It is difficult to review the book even though the subject matter is well organized and well presented. The first part is devoted to general consideration of fractures and has much sound teaching in it. Fracture treatment, according to the author, should be divided into four stages: first, reduction; second, fixation until union; third, protection until consolidation, and fourth, although

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