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Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism. 5th ed.
Stephen B. Trippel, MD1
1 Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana
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Murray J. Favus, editor. Washington, DC: American Society for Bone and Mineral Research; 2003. 567 pages. $49.95.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 May 01;86(5):1113-1113
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Like its predecessors, the latest edition of this now-classic reference book provides a comprehensive overview of bone diseases and of disorders of mineral metabolism in a single volume. The title is something of a misnomer as it does not fully describe the content of the book. Rather than being restricted to pathology, as implied by the title, the book also provides an excellent background in the biology of normal bone.This edition has been expanded to 567 pages, which is sixty-five pages more than the fourth edition, published in 1999. In general, the content and the successful organization of the previous edition have been retained. The book has been formatted into ninety-one brief chapters that average six pages each. Since the last edition, several added chapters cover new topics (e.g., the calcium-sensing receptor and the evaluation and clinical implications of fractures), add to existing topics (e.g., the skeletal physiology of the fetus and the neonate), or discuss several of the major therapeutic agents for osteoporosis. These additions are well chosen and enhance the value of the work appreciably. A few chapters have been deleted, including the chapter on the clinical application of bone density, which leaves this important aspect of bone evaluation under-represented in this edition.
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