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December 13, 1884

Osteotomy and Osteoclasis for Deformities of the Lower Extremities.

JAMA. 1884;III(24):670-671. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390730026014

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The need of established precepts is nowhere more felt at present than in the practice of the common operation of osteotomy. This book amounts to a treatise on the subject, and a full and complete one, though not as carefully compiled as could be desired.

The only other especial work on this subject in English with which it can be compared, is that of MacEwen, and to this it is much inferior in point of careful preparation and originality, but superior in being more recent. Some improvements which the author has devised in instruments and methods are of undoubted value, and he has been a constant worker in this field. The style of the work is forcible, because clear and exhaustive—nevertheless, it detracts from the merits of such a book to find in it minor blemishes and inaccuracies, of which a cursory reading will reveal a number.

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