In November 1970, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) held a symposium on myelomeningocele at Hartford and Newington, Conn. The purpose of the course was to have "an up-to-date overview of the philosophy, treatment methods, technique, and general understanding of the problems encountered in the management of patients with myelomeningocele and related disorders." This volume is a result of that course, and is a credit to both the AAOS and its course chairman, Dr. Burr Curtis. The contributors were drawn from the fields of orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, prosthetics, pathology, pediatrics, nursing, and social work. The variety of subspecialists involved indicates an appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach needed for the proper long-term care of these multiply handicapped children. A few of the more widely known contributors are W. J. W. Sharrard, Robert Merrill, Eldon Foltz, and David Shurtleff.
The book is organized into eight parts dealing with the following subjects: