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This is the fourth edition of this text by Dr Lewis Cozen of Los Angeles. The author has directed this work at general practioners, industrial surgeons, orthopedic interns and residents, and pediatricians. He readily admits that this text should be supplemented by at least one complete standard work on orthopedic surgery. The book will prove to be of little value to the trained orthopedic surgeon.
There are a number of presentations that are not found in standard texts, such as the chapter on the foot, where the common problems of in-grown toenails, bunions, and callosities are discussed. For instance, a photograph of a shoemaker's "swan" for stretching shoes over bunion sites, rarely is seen today.
Nonsurgical therapy is stressed. Recent orthopedic graduates are seldom taught to deal with lowly foot problems in a nonsurgical manner, and this is the most refreshing aspect of the book.
The author begins well in
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