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The multiauthored sixth edition of Watson-Jones' textbook on fracture and joint injuries, edited by J. N. Wilson, ChM, FRCS, continues to be a reference text for surgeons treating acute trauma patients and for orthopedists treating both fractures and joint injuries. It should also be read by physicians providing continuing care for the resultant disabilities from trauma and by medical students as the basic textbook on trauma.
The illustrations and diagrams are excellent. Many of the black-and-white pictures of the fifth edition have been replaced by vivid color pictures frequently associated with earlier editions of this classic textbook. The "flaps" of earlier editions, which were important in teaching the salient points and helping the reader retain the material, have not returned with this edition and, with changes in printing techniques, may never come back. As in previous editions, many roentgenograms are used and most are perfect or almost perfectly reproduced. The
Hsu JD. Watson-Jones Fractures and Joint Injuries. JAMA. 1984;251(2):267–268. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340260071041
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