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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the latest addition to a series from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that, as a whole, has been extremely well received by orthopedic surgeons across the country due to its single-minded focus and concise and efficient approach. This monograph dedicated to the athlete's elbow stays true to form and will be a great current reference for orthopedic surgeons.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a state-of-the art review of common problems encountered in the management of elbow pathology in athletes. This is clearly a worthy goal and is accomplished by the contributors in a concise format.
Audience: The monograph is written for orthopedic surgeons, residents, sports medicine experts, primary care physicians, and allied healthcare professionals who care for athletes. It will be particularly well received and used by orthopedic surgeons who perform elbow surgeries and orthopedic sports medicine specialists and fellows. Dr. Levine has brought together an impressive group of contributors, most of whom are lead authors on the pre-eminent articles on the various topics.
Features: The concise, 95-page book includes focused chapters on pediatric elbow injuries in sports, lateral epicondylitis, distal bicep ruptures, MCL injuries, posterolateral instability, and valgus extension overload. These are the most common issues faced by athletes, but they do not include the comprehensive possibilities of differential diagnosis of the elbow. The figures and tables are of high quality and do a great job of presenting information in an expedient manner.
Assessment: This is a wonderful addition to the series that continues the tradition of excellent quality expected from AAOS monographs. It is concise and efficient and there is really nothing comparable available. Many textbooks cover the gamut of elbow problems and interventions and there are a few that target the athlete's elbow. None, however, present the material in such a concise, easy to read fashion. The monograph format also allows a more up-to-date presentation than many textbooks. This will be a commonly used reference by orthopedic residents, sports and elbow fellows, and orthopedic surgeons working with athletes. It is a very cost-effective purchase - a great bang for the buck.