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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benjamin A Goldberg, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the shoulder.
Purpose: Written by experts in the field, this is a valuable reference for someone who desires information about the shoulder.
Audience: It is intended for residents and practitioners who perform shoulder surgery. The authors are thought leaders in the field.
Features: The book covers the rotator cuff, instability, stiffness, arthritis, fractures, neuromuscular disorders, neoplasms, infections, rehabilitation, and pain management. Nearly all of these topics are comprehensively covered with excellent photos and reproductions. Shortcomings may be a lack of an ORIF chapter for fractures of the humerus, congenital or pediatric disorders of the shoulder, and technical descriptions of arthroscopic procedures. However, this is the most up-to-date book on the shoulder and is among the best shoulder publications of its type.
Assessment: Written by many of the leading physicians who treat shoulder disorders, this book is of exceptional quality and is useful for most orthopedic residents and orthopedists who treat shoulder disorders. It compares well to other comprehensive shoulder texts that are now several years old. It is not quite as comprehensive as the third edition of The Shoulder, Rockwood et al. (Elsevier, 2004), but it is more recent and has several newer procedures including reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.