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April 1958

Orthopedic Surgery in Infancy and Childhood.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(4):455. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050459020

Dr. Ferguson's book admirably fills a void which has existed in orthopedic teaching. Now with this work and Dr. Blount's volume, "Fractures in Children," good texts are available for both the pediatrician and the orthopedic surgeon, and the field of orthopedic surgery in children is adequately covered. Dr. Ferguson states in the preface that he has omitted consideration of fractures because of the excellence of the other text.

Well-written and well-organized, "Orthopedic Surgery in Infancy and Childhood" presents topographically in its first six chapters the important congenital and acquired deformities and conditions seen by the orthopedic surgeon. In the last four chapters Dr. Ferguson discusses the conditions affecting special organ systems, namely, bone, muscle, nerves, and finally, tumors of bone. In each category he gives brief but adequate accounts of the etiology, clinical findings, pathology, and treatment. Of necessity he has limited his discussion to essentials, and wisely he has

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