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June 20, 1977

Fairbank's Atlas of General Affections of the Skeleton

JAMA. 1977;237(25):2757. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270520067035

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Soon after its publication 25 years ago, the first edition of this text rapidly gained a worldwide reputation as the standard repository of "weird and wonderful" skeletal growth and developmental disorders. The physician who encountered a patient with one of these uncommon disturbances optimistically reached for Fairbank's Atlas, knowing that he would likely find a case report to help him make the diagnosis. Those accustomed to this habit will warmly welcome the updated second edition.

T. J. Fairbank could not have chosen a more qualified person to be his co-writer than Ruth Wynne-Davies. Her interest in skeletal dysplasias and genetics superbly qualifies her to revise portions of the book that had become dated in the light of recent advancements.

The authors have made some rather substantial changes in this edition, yet they preserve much of the valuable format of the first edition. They wisely included descriptions of newly described dysplasias