[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
July 18, 1980

Fracture Treatment and Healing

Author Affiliations

Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson


edited by R. Bruce Heppenstall, 1,087 pp, 818 illus, $68, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(3):283. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310030057037

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


There has been a real need for a current, one-volume work on the treatment of fractures, suitable for students, house staff, and practicing surgeons. This book fills that need very well. Because the editor himself has contributed the major portion of the material on the treatment of fractures, Fracture Treatment and Healing has consistency and continuity. Most of the other chapters have been contributed by acknowledged experts in their fields, such as Jonathan Black, John J. Bonica, Carl T. Brighton, William T. Fitts, Jr, Thomas K. Hunt, Basil A. Pruitt, Jr, and Robert B. Salter, to name a few.

The introductory material on wound and fracture healing and on the biophysics and biomechanics of fracture healing is well done and presents current concepts in these areas. In such a comprehensive review, there are always opinions or statements to which a reviewer may take exception. The use of harness and strapping