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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book covers the physical examination techniques of the musculoskeletal system.
Purpose: The purpose is to have a single work that covers all the important examinations a clinician can use to thoroughly evaluate inspection, palpation, and movement. Their objectives are covered for most part.
Audience: The book is written for orthopedic clinicians and orthopedic trainees. It can be also useful for physiatrists and allied professionals such as physical and occupational therapists. The editor is an orthopedic surgeon from Leeds General Infirmary in the U.K. and his contributing authors are mainly from Sheffield and Leeds.
Features: Professional female models are used to demonstrate most of the adult examination. Two of the 12 chapters are devoted to the physical examination of the child. The abundant color photos are of excellent quality. Abnormal physical findings are only presented in the hand and pediatric sections. The references are adequate and the illustrations are most appropriate. The tools used to measure and standardize joint range of motion are not covered.
Assessment: With the advent of modern diagnostic methods such as the MRI, there is a growing tendency to rely less on the physical examination. The work restates the importance of the examination in the patient evaluation. In spite of several recent publications on the subject, this book successfully presents the material in an easy-to-read manner at the while being comprehensive but not necessarily "advanced." I recommend it to orthopedists, physiatrists, rheumatologists, and allied professionals such as therapists.