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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark Gonzalez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a one-of-a-kind publication on a topic rarely covered in orthopedic textbooks. The editors collaborated with a renowned group of authors to compile a comprehensive review of biologic joint resurfacing including basic science and future directions. Authors such as Steadman, Hangody, and Cole are the leaders in the field of cartilage repair.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten physicians about new cutting-edge technology in biologics that may provide viable alternatives to prosthetic replacement in the management of the traumatic or degenerative joint.
Audience: Academic orthopedic surgeons with a particular interest in joint resurfacing are the intended audience, but the book also may be useful for academic libraries to document and present case-based alternatives to residents and fellows in training.
Features: I enjoyed the chapters written by the founders of particular procedures, such as Dr. Steadman's on microfracture, and though there is obviously some inherent bias, the discussion is appropriate. I also appreciated the sections on operative treatment of the hip and elbows particularly, as I have little experience with hip or elbow arthroscopy or pelvic osteotomy and these chapters provide a comprehensive update. The greatest drawback to this book is its attempt to superficially cover all subjects. In the discussion of biologics and resurfacing, an understanding of the basic science upon which it is based is essential. There are many great scientists who could elaborate more eloquently on articular cartilage and chondrocyte basic science. Furthermore, advocating for the use of nutraceuticals comes at an unfortunate time, since the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons publicly has denounced their use (AAOS practice guidelines for osteoarthritis of the knee; published JAAOS 2009) for a lack of scientific data. The book would have been better without this chapter.
Assessment: The first book to come to mind that bears some similarity to this one is Basic Science, Clinical Repair and Reconstruction of Articular Cartilage Defects: Current Status and Prospects, Zanasi et al. (Timeo Editore, 2006). In contrast, this book offers the advantage of discussing the contemporary management of the young patient with hip pain through hip arthroscopy and osteotomy.