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July 28, 1989

Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City

JAMA. 1989;262(4):569-570. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430040141048

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This volume, by a single author, has several features that make it rather different from most. Dr Johnson's most readable, near-conversational style portrays his views and extensive experience on what has worked well for the management of a variety of foot and ankle problems. While the book is not intended to be encyclopedic, attention to the more common foot problems is more than adequate.

Perhaps as valuable as Dr Johnson's thoughts on each topic are the astounding number of superb color photographs and illustrations and well-reproduced roentgenograms. This unusual feature, a tribute to the writer and publisher, undoubtedly contributes to the cost of the text but is well worth it.

Although the author warns about unnecessary and poorly indicated surgery in nearly every section, the reader might be well advised to start with the final chapter on the surgical-foot cripple and quackery. The case reports supplement the much needed admonition