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July 11, 1953

Fundamentals of Clinical Orthopedics.

JAMA. 1953;152(11):1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690110094037

This is a well-written and well-illustrated text on clinical orthopedics. The divisions permit easy reading, and grouping of the subjects has been extremely well done. Practically no orthopedic problem has been omitted. The manner of presentation is logical in that the clinical aspects of the various orthopedic disabilities are discussed in regard to etiology, physiology, and anatomy. Clinical description is excellent. Treatment has been deliberately minimized; all of the various treatments for the many conditions would have required another volume. The drawings explaining the mechanism of pulls in fractures, while not extremely new, give a very clear-cut and easily understood description of muscle pull. A notable feature is elimination, as far as possible, of proper names of diseases, signs, and operations. Rather than the proper name, adequate anatomic or physiological terms have been used, and this is of greater value than a group of proper names to memorize. The book

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