This monograph is a historic document of keen interest to students and practitioners alike. Unfortunately, it is not available in English. The author's qualifications are excellent, and he is well known to orthopedic surgeons, particularly in this hemisphere. The book fills a need. The contribution is of the highest quality Although it may be criticized for being too comprehensive, it is an excellent reference book. This profusely illustrated work is a comprehensive study of skeletal traction. The historical background, including the controversy on priority, is given as far back as Codivilla and Steinmann.
The evolution of the method is carefully presented, emphasizing the necessity for special equipment. Ottolenghi summarizes his long experience and the mechanical investigations which he has pursued regarding the instruments he considers best, including a stirrup of his own design. The reaction of soft tissues and bones around pins and wires was studied from the clinical point