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August 12, 1950

Office Orthopedics

JAMA. 1950;143(15):1378. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910500080032

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Abstract

A considerable part of the practice of any orthopedic surgeon takes place in his office. In this time of pronounced shortages of hospital beds, a physician cannot justify referral of patients to the hospital for conditions which can be treated effectively in a well equipped office. The author has specified in his preface that the purpose of this small book is to describe what may be done in the office or clinic of an orthopedic surgeon. This volume is not intended to take the place of the more extensive textbooks or reference books covering operative technics or general principles of orthopedic surgery. It is intended primarily for the general practitioner who is constantly being asked to treat minor disabilities of the foot or knee or back. However, the author has also included such procedures as the care of the congenitally subluxated or dislocated hip; he describes other procedures which should

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