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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samuel J. Chmell, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book provides emergency medicine specialists ("emergentologists") with useful information, at their fingertips, for the appropriate initial management of patients with orthopedic conditions seen in the emergency department. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide a systematic database of orthopedic problems seen in the emergency department designed to be especially relevant for emergency medicine physicians. This is a worthy objective because of the paucity of such literature, inasmuch as the vast majority of orthopedic papers and books are written for orthopedic surgeons when, in fact, emergency medicine physicians typically will see the problems more acutely than orthopedic surgeons.
Audience: The book is written for emergency medicine residents and attending physicians, but orthopedic surgical residents and attending surgeons, especially those treating patients with acute trauma, also will find this treatise useful.
Features: The body of the book is divided into four parts covering orthopedic principles and management, spine, upper extremities, and lower extremities. A very well done pictorial fracture index at the front of the book allows readers to locate the picture of the type of fracture of a given bone and then be referred to the page(s) where the management information is located. There are abundant x-rays and color diagrams, which are also well done. Lastly, there is a DVD which demonstrates over 60 examinations and procedures.
Assessment: This sixth edition has been significantly updated, and the DVD is a completely new addition. The appendix pictorially demonstrates various splint applications in detail. Each chapter has abundant and authoritative references. This book does an amazing job of amassing an enormous amount of useful and accurate information in 600 pages.