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Dr. Swoboda has assembled in a small volume most of the radiologic information about the development, malformation, and disorders of the skeleton of the child. The volume is well organized, with 199 excellent illustrations.
The subjects of the opening sections on growth and maturation are not as adequately covered as those of the rest of the chapters. No mention is made of the well-established differences in the skeletal maturation of boys and girls, and in the graphs the ages at ossification of the epiphyses and round bones are not presented as separate standards for boys and for girls. One would have great difficulty in estimating "skeletal age" from these graphs. The data might better have been presentd in frequency distribution tables or at least as mean or median ages with standard deviation figures. The frequently used "Radiographic Atlas of Skeletal Development of the Hand and Wrist," by Greulich and Pyle,