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June 15, 1963

Principles of bone remodeling; an account of post-natal growth and remodeling processes in long bones and the mandible.

JAMA. 1963;184(11):906. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700240098035

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In the review of literature which introduces this monograph, there is a quite thorough discussion of the gross and microscopic descriptions of bone growth and remodeling published during the 19th century. However, the bibliography becomes increasingly selective as recent decades are approached. The more recently described and clinically important relationships between bone remodeling and the chemical equilibrium between blood and bone are not discussed.

The body of the monograph describes several types of mammalian cortical bone which are discernible with low power light microscopy. The development of these bone types is discussed, using long bones as examples. Although Enlow's descriptions are more profusely illustrated, I found these "principles of remodeling" as well explained in Lacroix's The Organization of Bones.

Using these bone type-development relationships, the author presents a detailed description of the growth and remodeling of the Rhesus monkey mandible. This description demonstrates the value of the method in explaining

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