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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samuel J. Chmell, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book presents 100 succinct orthopedic and rheumatology case studies in an easy-to-read format, listing patient history, examinations, test results, and radiographic studies. Questions at the end of each case presentation prompt readers to consider options for diagnosis and treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to direct readers in learning to make clinical decisions and formulate the best course of action for patients with orthopedic and rheumatologic problems.
Audience: It is written for medical students, residents, and registrars.
Features: The book is part of a series that provides a unique learning tool that works by guiding students, residents, or registrars through clinical cases. Thereby, readers are taught to recognize important orthopedic and rheumatologic symptoms and signs, their relationship to various medical conditions, and to develop their diagnostic and management skills. The accompanying laboratory results and/or radiographic studies are useful, but could be more plentiful. There are no references - they would have added value, especially for students.
Assessment: This book is useful because it is easy to read, succinct, and informative and teaches the proper approach to clinical problems. A bibliography would be helpful.