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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Randolph L. Pearson, MD (Michigan State University)
Description: This is an anthology of collected abstracts on sports medicine topics from journals published over the past year, with editorial content from the editors.
Purpose: This is the 1997 edition of a long-standing series in a variety of medical specialty areas. The purpose is to quickly give the reader the latest from the literature on the topic areas, along with editorial comment. This is useful for the practitioner who lacks the time, expertise, or skill to perform literature searches.
Audience: The book is intended for those practitioners (including physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers) with specific interest in sports medicine and a desire to remain current in the discipline.
Features: Illustrations are included when pertinent to the abstracts, and seem to be of good quality. References, where provided, are current. However, there are many editorial comments which sound anecdotal, and literature support for those comments should be included. The cross-referenced index by author and subject facilitates abstract searches.
Assessment: The book fills a niche for evidence-based material within sports medicine. The index is "user-friendly." The contributors need to reference their comments to the current literature (this was done unevenly). There is a wide variety in chapter content, including clinical sports medicine and exercise physiology, so the book should appeal to a broad base of practitioners.