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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin C. Yorath, DPM (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Description: This is the first edition of a new approach to the subject of human lower extremity biomechanics. The topics are all covered in a logical and easy-to-read fashion.
Purpose: The book has been designed to provide a combination of theoretical lower extremity biomechanics with pathomechanics, including treatment modalities from the pediatric through to geriatric applications. Although there are many fine biomechanical and orthosis fabrication texts already in existence, this is one of the few books that successfully combines both areas as well as incorporating other areas such as taping, padding, and shoe gear.
Audience: Primarily aimed at the podiatric market, this book will appeal to the student through to the active practitioner level. The book will be useful not only to those practitioners who are treating pathomechanical problems from a nonsurgical standpoint, but also to those who are using surgical intervention to improve their patients' biomechanical function.
Features: The book is well presented and is divided into 22 chapters, each written by one or more of the 24 contributing authors, who are drawn from an international pool of allopathic and podiatric physicians as well as one pedorthist. All chapters are followed by a list of recent references drawn from the allopathic, biomechanical, and podiatric literature. There is a 10-page, well organized index and each chapter is well illustrated with black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and various tables and charts to expand upon the text. The chapters on neurosmuscular examination, limp and the pediatric patient, and biomechanical evaluation of the child are especially well written.
Assessment: This is a first-rate book, and its usefulness should not be underestimated, both as a reference text as well as a practical "how to" guide. Without question, this is one book that should be on the shelf of any podiatric medical institution's library.