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June 15, 1984

Textbook of Disorders and Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System: An Introduction to Orthopaedics, Fractures and Joint Injuries, Rheumatology, Metabolic Bone Disease and Rehabilitation

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1984;251(23):3150-3151. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340470070037

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This second edition appears 13 years after the initial effort to organize and teach injury and disorders of the musculoskeletal system on a level intelligible to the orthopedic student. While the first edition was well received and represents a notable contribution to this field, the second edition has followed in this tradition and has been substantially updated according to current orthopedic thought. The strengths of this text parallel those of its predecessor. Probably one of the most impressive features is the masterful organization of the broad, complex, and difficult scope of orthopedics. The synthesis and organization of this body of knowledge are superb.

The first section deals with the scientific approach to understanding orthopedic pathology. Not only is the structure and development of bone and cartilage concisely related, but troublesome clinical terms, such as varus and valgus, anteversion and retroversion, are clearly defined in this section; this difficult terminology might