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August 15, 1977

Watson-Jones Fractures and Joint Injuries

JAMA. 1977;238(7):629. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280070069031

The new edition of an old and familiar work like Watson-Jones Fractures and Joint Injuries is always welcome, and one looks forward to such a product with enthusiasm, but also with some trepidation lest an old favorite will lose some of the inherent qualities that has made it such a standby. Fortunately, Dr Wilson and his collaborators have been maintaining much of the flavor and quality of this classic work while managing to update it reasonably well, at least regarding current British practice.

As with the previous editions, the work remains a two-phased approach to the management of trauma, with the first volume concentrating generally on principles and the second volume serving as a regional atlas of injuries that will be more useful for immediate reference.

The material in volume 1 on the repair of fractures, joint stiffness, and the systemic effects of injury is excellent. The latter is an