The annual year book offers a busy practitioner an opportunity to read in reviews the best of the medical publications of the past year. Abstracting the essence, separating the wheat from the chaff requires skilful, experienced editing and determines the value of publications of this kind. The editor, Dr. Painter, is singularly qualified for this task.
He divides the subject matter into chapters covering the major subdivisions of orthopedic surgery. Traumatic surgery is included, since, as Dr. Painter states, there are many good reasons why the two branches should be grouped together. For the first time reviews on the sulfonamide compounds are included. This expresses the editorial policy in presenting reviews only of work that has been shown to have a proved therapeutic value.
Pediatricians will be interested in the articles on the status of tuberculosis of the bones; the early diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis; the revolutionary changes in the