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Recent Advances in Orthopædic Surgery

JAMA. 1937;109(1):73-74. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780270075029.
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In line with the policy of the "Recent Advances" series, the authors have attempted to discuss the present status of orthopedics in the light of newer developments. The subject matter is judiciously presented and generally expresses the consensus. On controversial problems, the various theories are presented concisely and fairly. The opening chapters, on bone growth, transplantation and chemistry, present an elemental but fundamentally sound review. Tumors of the bone are treated in compendium, almost outline, fashion, the classification of Geschickter and Copeland being followed. Osteomyelitis, arthritis and suppurative arthritis are discussed briefly. The section on tuberculosis of the joints is conservative. However, the recommendation of the authors to allow patients to walk in a knee length spica for from six to eight weeks, preparatory to a fusion operation on a tuberculous hip that has just become quiescent, may be questioned. The dangers of recrudescence outweigh the benefits of improved circulation


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