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January 22, 1982

Scientific Foundations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

JAMA. 1982;247(4):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320290059037

It has been said that specialists come of two minds: those interested in their specialty, and those interested in medical science and fascinated by their specialty. This book, an Anglo-American enterprise that has put together an essential review of basic science as it applies to the theory and practice of orthopedics and traumatology, should appeal to the latter. Its three editors (two English, one American) have called on 64 contributing authors to assist them in providing a "foundation of knowledge upon which to build" by writing a text "not intended to be an encyclopedic reference book but rather a guide through the complexities of modern science." All this is accomplished in 58 succinct chapters divided into six sections: "Morphology, Biochemistry and Material Properties of Skeletal Tissues"; "Design of the Locomotor System"; "Development and Growth of the Locomotor System"; "Maintenance, Breakdown and Repair"; "The Scientific Basis of Some Diagnostic Techniques"; and