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February 11, 1974

Fractures and Dislocations in Children

Author Affiliations

Alfred I. duPont Institute Wilmington, Del

JAMA. 1974;227(6):667. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230190059034

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This book has been written to serve as a practical guide for emergency room care and is not intended to be comprehensive. The book consists of a brief introduction followed by a discussion of common fractures and dislocations in children arranged in an anatomic fashion. The cause, site, displacement, diagnosis, radiography, treatment (both operative and nonoperative), and complications are outlined for each fracture. The book is profusely illustrated with roentgenograms of excellent quality.

In attempting to fulfill the stated purpose of the book, the author has oversimplified his presentation in many areas to the point where his omissions may lead to care detrimental to the patient. This is particularly true in the section on spinal injuries that occupies only six pages. The sequelae of fractures of the spine may be so disabling that further space should be devoted to them, even though they may be uncommon.

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