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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This third edition softcover book deals with the care of patients with orthopedic conditions.
Purpose: The purpose is to present current information on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The work does meet its objectives, which are most worthwhile.
Audience: The book is written mainly for residents in orthopedics, emergency medicine, family practice, and orthopedics surgeons in the subspecialties. The editor, Harry B.Skinner MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Irvine, is a very well qualified orthopedist and educator and he is supported by team of highly qualified contributors.
Features: The book builds on the second edition by adding new material on such topics as: ethics, pain management, advances in understanding back pain, the molecular biology of neoplasm, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, spinal cord patients and advances in joint replacement. There is general updating of diagnosis and treatment options in most chapters. The photographs and illustrations are adequate and of average quality.
Assessment: The editor and his contributors are still able to effectively present most of orthopedics in a single volume at an affordable price. There is a definite need for this type of book. It represents an important contribution to our better understanding of the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal trauma and disorders. I highly recommend it to all residents and physicians involved in caring for patients with orthopedic problems. General orthopedics surgeons and subspecialists may use it as a quick reference.