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October 7, 1961


JAMA. 1961;178(1):92. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400094031

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Dr. Perkins has produced a large volume which, by his admission and of necessity, is brief and didactic. However, there are instances where brevity is carried to an extreme and the listing of the subject matter included only to add to the completeness of the volume. Furthermore, no attempt is made to present conclusions or theories at variance with the author's. The experienced orthopedic surgeon will find this book an excellent source of orthopedic subject matter, but will be disappointed that the details of surgical procedures and basic pathophysiology have been omitted. The bibliography is so limited that it serves no useful purpose. The sections on Arthritis, The Foot, and Nerves are especially restricted in scope.

On the positive side, this book is profusely and expertly illustrated. The illustrations and legends in themselves are an excellent information source for students in the field of orthopedics. This volume, together with a

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