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August 27, 1982

The Elbow

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City


edited by Thomas G. Wadsworth, 354 pp, with illus, $50, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):991-992. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080065037

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This textbook represents an effort to provide a complete discussion of the normal and abnormal processes that can occur in the bones and soft tissues around the elbow joint. In ten chapters the editor organizes and presents information in a logical sequential fashion.

The introductory chapter includes a discussion of the elbow's normal anatomy, radiology, embryology, and surgical approaches. Several excellent line drawings are included and are supplemented by clear roentgenograms. A particularly useful reference figure, shown on page 4, describes the order of appearance of the secondary ossification centers about the elbow. Excellent illustrations are used to demonstrate the standard surgical approaches. The second chapter deals with biomechanics of the elbow and is written so that one does not need an engineering background for a clear understanding of the subject.

Discussions of childhood and adult trauma make up the largest portion of the textbook. Both operative and nonoperative treatments