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December 27, 1947

Osteotomy of the Long Bones

JAMA. 1947;135(17):1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890170063026

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This type of book does not lend itself readily to a review. The author sets out to present the mechanical aspects of osteotomy of the long bones, and his discussion is confined to the use of this one operative procedure. His stated object is to present the mode of action of each of the different types of osteotomy in terms of some general concepts. He found it necessary to demonstrate geometrically the effects of angulation of different degrees at different points on the shaft of the bone. He acknowledges that some readers may object to such geometrical basis on the grounds that it unduly burdens the reader. There are many reasons why mechanical precision is not always practicable in dealing with the deformities of the human skeleton. Nevertheless, the author has made an earnest effort to bring together theory and practice.

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