The author has written a comprehensive history of orthopedic surgery. The book is a real contribution to the medical literature of the world and will act as a stepping stone for the future history of orthopedics. Starting with primitive man and ancient practice, it covers the renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the modern period. The author is a medical historian and has evolved a one volume book which reveals extensive research and infinite patience. Orthopedic conditions and therapy are traced from primitive times to the present day. The fluctation of knowledge and factors that resulted in progress or the reverse are elucidated. Descriptions of orthopedic conditions are woven into the history in a chronological manner, and the modification of theory and practice through the centuries is discussed. The bibliography of orthopedic literature is exceedingly complete. One can at a glance determine the historical background of most orthopedic conditions.