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November 13, 1948

Medical Disorders of the Locomotor System Including the Rheumatic Diseases

JAMA. 1948;138(11):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900110065030

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This volume is almost entirely concerned with problems in the field of arthritis and other rheumatic disorders, although there are included chapters on "peripheral vascular disorders," one on "medical diseases of bone" and a chapter on "the foot." Also included are appendixes detailing data on solutions used for injections in and about joints, manipulations, epidural injections, serial plasters, optimum positions for ankylosis, technic for injections into joints and muscles, muscle-nerve testing and certain normal blood values. A major part of the volume was written by Fletcher, but several contributions of chapters on special subjects were prepared by other British writers.

The book is difficult to review, as the quality of material is exceedingly variable. Some is exceptionally good; for example, a chapter on applied anatomy of the locomotor system by G. A. G. Mitchell. A chapter on incidence and prevalence of rheumatism by Lewis-Faning reviews statistics for England and Wales

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