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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This extensive text is the up-to-date edition that serves as a complete reference for amputations and limb deficiencies ranging from surgical to prosthetic and rehabilitative principles and techniques. The last edition was published over 12 years ago making this a needed and valuable update in the field.
Purpose: The goal of this text is to provide the members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and all amputee rehabilitation team members with the latest knowledge relating to amputation surgery, congenital deficiencies, prosthetics, and rehabilitation. It is clear that the primary target is not necessarily the general orthopaedist, but rather those that have a significant role or practice involving amputations or are part of a rehabilitation team. This text is an impressive reference for the amputee rehabilitation team.
Audience: According to the author, the text is targeted at members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and members of the amputee rehab team. Clearly, the latter would appreciate owning this text. The former would appreciate having access to this text in the orthopaedic or medical library but would unlikely have day-to-day benefit from it. The editors and authors are well-respected in the field and provide an impressive authoritative view.
Features: This complete reference covers all aspects of amputations, prostheses, rehabilitation and care from history, to specific anatomic regions, to unique management concerns. It is well organized by anatomic structure with a special section on the pediatric population which presents unique challenges. The most impressive aspect of this book is the extensive presentation of the various facets of this topic. The ease of navigating through the text and the up-to-date concepts make it a perfect reference text.
Assessment: In conclusion, this is an impressive offering that was a necessary update on previous editions. It coalesces a great deal of information in a single valuable reference. It is of high quality and should be a part of the library of institutions that offers an amputee clinic and will hold an honored and well-used position in the personal library of any member of the amputee rehabilitation team. For the generalist or occasional practitioner, this text would be a worthy reference in the medical library.