Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics

Mayo Clin Proc, October 1986, Vol 61 of cerebral atheroembolism to stroke (chapter 2). Cutaneous manifestations of atheroembolism are given prominenc...

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Mayo Clin Proc, October 1986, Vol 61

of cerebral atheroembolism to stroke (chapter 2). Cutaneous manifestations of atheroembolism are given prominence because they may provide the clinical clue to an otherwise baffling syndrome (chapter 3). The composition of the lipids in the pultaceous core of the atheromatous plaque is described because it has an important bearing on the clinical effects of atheroembolism (chapter 4). The complex question of possible drug-treatment strategies for the condition, involving as it does the problems of antithrombosis and combating the effects of atheromatous lipids, is considered in detail in the concluding segment of the book (chapter 5). Each of the five chapters has been written by a different author. The editor (Dr. Warren) is the author of the first chapter; he has collaborated with all other four contributors to this book in studies of clinical and experimental atheroembolism. Together, they have produced an authoritative and highly readable treatise on atheroembolism, an important but not widely understood or frequently discussed clinical problem. This, to my knowledge, is the first and only available monograph on the topic of atheroembolism. Because it is such a comprehensive, up-todate, and well-referenced volume, it may never have a serious competitor. I enthusiastically recommend this monograph to all physicians irrespective of their specialty training, interests, and field of practice. J. T. Lie, M.D. Department of Pathology

Pediatric O r t h o p e d i c s (Major Problems in Clinical Pediatrics, Vol 28), by Thomas S. Renshaw, 176 pp, with illus, $29.95, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1986 This well-organized and well-illustrated text is directed to pediatricians, family physicians, and related health specialists who deal with pediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal problems. The author has chosen to use an outline based on regional anatomy. Thus, he covers afflictions of the head and neck, spine, upper extremities, lower extremities, and feet, in that order. In the final chapter of the book, the problem of the battered child is discussed. An added feature of

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this volume is an excellent glossary that explains orthopedic terms, which is of considerable value for the occasional reader of orthopedic literature. The references are well organized and labeled, not only by author but also by topic. This format assists the reader in a rapid perusal of the sources in the literature that pertain to the pathologic condition of interest. The reader may have benefited from inclusion of a classification of pediatric problems on the basis of age groups afflicted. Although congenital anomalies are straightforward, problems of scoliosis or other developmental disorders could have been categorized in this fashion. This minor criticism does not detract from the overall value of this book. I recommend it to the readership for which it was intended. Rudolph A. Klassen, M.D. Department of Orthopedics

Reproductive Endocrinology: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Clinical Management, 2nd ed, edited by Samuel S. C. Yen and Robert B. Jaffe, 806 pp, with illus, $85, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1986 The first edition of this text, which was released in 1978, received considerable acclaim as a practical review of male and female reproductive endocrinology that included substantial physiologic background information and aids in clinical management. This second edition follows and enhances that tradition. It is a comprehensive, reasonably current (references up to 1985 cited), and well-structured text that thoroughly reviews the field of male and female reproductive endocrinology. The contributing authors are highly qualified experts in endocrinology. Although the individual contributions vary in quality, each segment is an independent practical topic review. The appended bibliographies (a total of almost 4,000 citations) should be useful to readers interested in further study. The second edition is approximately 40% larger than the original edition; the major additions and expansions are on neuroendocrine hormonal control mechanisms, abnormal secretion of prolactin, male reproductive problems, and endocrinologic factors of pregnancy. Many figures and tables are interspersed throughout the individual