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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is the 13th volume in a series dedicated to the hand and upper extremity. This volume is dedicated in particular to arthroscopic techniques.
Purpose: The purpose is to define the current status of arthroscopy in the upper extremity and serve as a useful reference for arthroscopists, specialized surgeons, and surgeons in training. The book does an admirable job of accomplishing this goal within the limits of a textbook format, which in general may be 1 to 3 years behind the most current journal literature.
Audience: The editors have provided a collection of internationally acclaimed surgeons to author chapters in their specific areas of expertise. This collection of experts itself makes the text unique and valuable.
Features: Each chapter is supported by numerous, high-quality full color photographs of patients and arthroscopic images that make the book pleasant and interesting to read. The references that follow each chapter are an appropriate mix of classic references as well as recent literature from the late 1980s and early 1990s. I found the book easy and informative to read.
Assessment: This book provides a unique international perspective regarding the current state of the art of arthroscopy in the upper extremity in the world. Various texts currently available are dedicated to just shoulder, elbow, or wrist arthroscopy. Therefore, it would be impossible for this concise volume to be as complete and extensive. Nonetheless, I found it good reading and valuable for an overview of the upper extremity arthroscopy for the surgeon in training or as a review for the avid arthroscopist.