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February 26, 1955

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Syndrome and Related Osteochondroses of Youth

JAMA. 1955;157(9):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950260082029

This book was read with great interest because the cause and treatment of the osteochondroses have been a matter of much discussion. The historic aspects of the disease are well told. The author should be commended for the excellent research he has done and the extensive bibliography that accompanies this monograph. His views are probably those accepted by most but not all orthopedists. This is particularly true of the long period of recumbency imposed on patients with involvement of the hip. The author's reasoning is good but, on the other hand, keeping the child hospitalized for a long time does create psychological and sociologic problems. The author takes cognizance of this in describing how the children are handled during this long hospital stay. The book is confusing in many ways in that the author refers to the anthropometric measurements of the growth charts in such a way that these are

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