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Osteoporosis: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management

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Edited by Riggs B. Lawrence, Melton L. Joseph III. . 501 pages. Raven Press; , New York: , 1988.. $88.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(3):259. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-3-259_4
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During the past 2 decades, important insights to understanding osteoporosis have come from several disciplines. Until recently, however, the field was a veritable Tower of Babel. Endocrinologists were skeptical of the less molecular contributions of nutritionists. Radiologists developed accurate methods to measure bone mass, but spent more time discrediting competing technologies than incorporating their own contributions into the fabric of knowledge. The relation between mechanical loading and skeletal integrity was not debated, it was simply ignored, and the histomorphometrists preached an arcane remodeling gospel that generally went unheard.

Happily, this situation has changed, and these disciplines now communicate openly and




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