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This textbook is not one of many, but one of two. The other text with a similar format was authored in the United States and uses terms and recommends treatment that may be closer to the mainstream of American orthopedic thought and practice. Nevertheless, Mercer's Orthopaedic Surgery is good; it is more comprehensive than the earlier editions and has much to recommend it. The style is British and pleasant to read. The overriding emphasis is not on diagnostic or treatment techniques, but on the pathological processes. It is aimed at residents, and it strikes its mark. Science—its synthesis and interpretation—is the theme, and it is well presented and developed.
The text begins with a masterful condensation of the basic sciences as they relate to the musculoskeletal system. There follow general sections on congenital, developmental, growth, metabolic, neural, neuromuscular, infectious, neoplastic, arthritic, and vascular problems. There are also chapters on anatomic
Cofield RH. Mercer's Orthopaedic Surgery. JAMA. 1984;252(3):423–424. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350030081032
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