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April 1948

Osteotomy of the Long Bones.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(4):603-604. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220220174018

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This interesting book adequately fulfils the author's stated purpose of summarizing the principles of the various types of osteotomy for the general surgeon. The work is not an exhaustive review which might interest particularly the orthopedic surgeon, but the author does bring into the volume a summary of the various types of osteotomy which have gradually been developed for the correction of deformity and the improvement of function.

For the most part, the book provides interesting reading which is easily understood, but included also are several sections of mathematical equations which make dull reading and are difficult of interpretation by the average reader. It is impossible to express any mathematical formula which will apply in each case, and even if such were possible, the application of an exact formula would be impossible of fulfilment at the operating table.

Aside from the weighty sections on mathematics, the book may be recommended

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