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August 1959

Outline of Orthopaedics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(2):276. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020278017

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The second (present) edition of this well-conceived book is pleasing in its conciseness of presentation. Mr. Adams has very skillfully covered a wide variety of orthopedic conditions briefly, and has presented a conservative, modern approach to the problems of diagnosis and treatment.

The discussion of primary tumors of bone is, of necessity, brief, but the reader nevertheless has the distinct impression that oversimplification has arisen. The definition of osteogenic sarcoma as a tumor arising from primitive bone-forming cells is clear, but is at variance other concepts of osteogenic sarcoma in which the tumor, by definition, is required to form neoplastic bone.

Lichtenstein in 1953 related eosinophilic granuloma, Hand-Schüller-Christian disease, and Letterer-Siwe disease under the heading of "histiocytosis X." This should have been included in the discussion of lipoid granulomatosis.

Regional orthopedics is dealt with in an orderly manner; it covers causative and pathologic aspects, clinical features and treatment. Preceding each

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