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January 1949

The Foot and Ankle: Their Injuries, Diseases, Deformities and Disabilities.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(1):135-136. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040142011

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This book contains an amazing amount of information in detail so complete that it should prove an invaluable reference guide to many physicians other than orthopedists. Many varieties of surgical technic, with generous references to the works of other writers, make it an indispensable item to the worker in any field whose duties call for knowledge of the feet.

The pediatrician's interest is largely in the comments which help answer perplexing questions regarding foot care and shoes for growing children and give a basis for authoritative opinions on subjects which are still controversial among orthopedists.

On these items the author is explicit: The tendency has been away from rigid supports, and many feel that raising the inner border of the heel is sufficient to invert the calcaneus. The weight of the shoe is rarely an important consideration; this is especially true in young children for whom a sturdy shoe is

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