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November 21, 1977

A Short Textbook of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

JAMA. 1977;238(21):2310. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280220078038

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The author designed this relatively inexpensive, concise paperback primarily for the medical student desiring an overview of orthopedics and traumatology. This volume does indeed contain descriptions of a vast number of diseases and injuries. Perhaps this and the several diagrams rank as its most useful features. The initial section on trauma should suffice for most medical students.

Discussions of many entities are somewhat dated, portray nearly a pure mechanical approach, and give little attention to musculoskeletal biology, physiology, and pathology. Some concepts rank as speculative. The section on osteomyelitis notes that infection arises in areas "where tissue vitality is lower than normal" as in a hematoma from injury. In fact, the metaphysis, the common location of acute hematogenous osteomyelitis, is an extremely dynamic portion of bone. Therapeutic concepts such as draining an infected joint in "severe cases" where "pus becomes too thick to be aspirated" should, in my opinion, no