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August 16, 1952

An Atlas of General Affections of the Skeleton

JAMA. 1952;149(16):1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930330080032

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In this book, about 80 skeletal disorders that typically involve more than one bone of the skeleton are clearly and concisely discussed. This is a reference book for diagnosis, and, as such, it will be a valuable addition to the library of all orthopedic surgeons.

The technical publication of the book is excellent, and the illustrations are clear and diagnostic. The sections on the dysplasias of bone and cartilage growth are exceptionally complete and informative. Although a few good microscopic illustrations are included, the value of the book would be enhanced with more discussion of pathology with accompanying illustrations. There are occasional statements in the book that are not in agreement with most American authors. An example of this is the following statement: "As a help in diagnosis, alkaline phosphatase estimations are disappointing, and are practically useless." This viewpoint is not accepted in the United States. The author makes the

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