It is a joy to read and use this handbook by Colonel de Lorimier, Commandant of the Army School of Roentgenology, Memphis, Tenn. Every pediatrician, internist, surgeon and roentgenologist should welcome it as a valuable vade mecum. The author's introduction states that an evaluation of the roentgen evidence concerned with conditions in and about joints is dependent on four points, a knowledge of embryology, a knowledge of detailed anatomic relations, an understanding of pathologic changes and familiarity with the clinical aspects of the particular case, including laboratory data. A description of normal joints and points of roentgenologic interest and importance based on their anatomy introduces the discussion. The arthropathies are then described, using a classification based on the etiology so far as known.
Part I deals with the peripheral joints explaining by clearly marked illustrations the developmental malformations and pathologic changes. The osteochondropathies, specific and nonspecific, of juvenile and adult