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October 6, 1956

Outline of Orthopaedics

JAMA. 1956;162(6):615. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230087028

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This is one of several condensed textbooks on orthopedics published in the last two to three years; each new book seems to be a definite improvement on the previous one. This book is compact, and the descriptions of the various orthopedic disabilities, though brief, are adequate. Discussions of treatment are minimized. In a book of this type that is a good thing, because treatment may be so varied, so expensive, or so debatable that discussion of it would take up many pages. The author gives his views on treatment briefly, and, if the reader is interested, he may look up the details elsewhere. The arrangement of material is excellent, particularly the part on the descriptions of regions. The author takes up the cause, pathological changes, clinical features, course, prognosis, and treatment of each condition described. The roentgenographic reproductions are uniformly good, and the line drawings ably illustrate the various conditions

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