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The most widely used clinical reference for physicians treating patients with acute orthopedic injuries or disorders – now with full-color photographs and illustrations

Includes companion DVD with videos of emergency procedures

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"This book does an amazing job of amassing an enormous amount of useful and accurate information in 600 pages. 3 Stars."--Doody's Review Service

Emergency Orthopedics offers authoritative evidence-based information in a practical and clinically useful manner. Whether you’re seeking a quick answer to an anatomical question or confirming a diagnosis, Emergency Orthopedics has everything you need to know about the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries, along with recommended imaging studies, treatment guidelines, and possible complications.

The sixth edition represents a major rewrite of the text. A new section on spinal injuries and disorders is included. An unmatched DVD showing splinting, arthrocentesis, injections, and reductions of fractures and dislocations is also included. The text is logically divided into four parts: Orthopedic Principles and Management, The Spine, Upper Extremities, and Lower Extremities. A unique appendix provides a figure showing each bone and every possible fracture with the page number where all the key features related to that fracture are covered succinctly and practically.


  • 900 illustrations, including NEW full-color clinical photographs and illustrations and half-tone radiographic images
  • NEW DVD with approximately 50 videos demonstrating examinations, injections, arthrocentesis, and reduction techniques
  • Fractures are categorized according to degree of complexity, treatment modality, and prognosis – a system most relevant to the emergency physician
  • A fracture index provides a rapid method for the busy physician to navigate the text and find pertinent information
  • Axioms throughout the text serve as rules by which the emergency physician should practice

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
Edward Abraham
This fourth edition textbook is about patients with urgent or emergency musculoskeletal trauma or disease. The purpose is to teach or to guide physicians in the medical practice of orthopedic emergency medicine. This objective is most appropriate and is fully met. The book is primarily written for emergency medicine specialists and their trainees. Others who can benefit include general practitioners, medical students, and junior orthopedic residents. Author Robert R. Simon, MD, is Professor and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. His vast experience in one of the busiest medical emergency services in the country brings great credibility to him as an important educator and writer. This book is divided into three parts. In the first part orthopedic principles and management of fractures, muscle disorders, and pediatric orthopedics are presented. Also, in this section is a more thorough and new chapter on rheumatology, which covers such topics as septic, gouty, traumatic, and rheumatoid arthritis. Part two deals with adult fractures of the upper and lower extremities. Every nnaginable fracture is covered in a systematic fashion. Soft tissue injuries are presented in conjunction with dislocations and other disorders of each anatomical area. For instance, for the hip such topics are discussed: a vascular necrosis of the femoral head, transient and septic synovitis, bursitis, tendonitis, and so on. Part III discusses splints, casts, and other immobilization techniques. This section is written in appendix format. Black-and-white line illustrations of fracture classifications, diagnostic testing, and treatment are abundant. These drawings are supplemented bygenerously sized photographs of x-rays. The chapter on special imaging techniques is brief and without pictures.The illustrators are to be commended on their anatomically correct work. There are about five genuine emergencies in orthopedics. They are: septic hip, traumatic hip dislocation, lumbar disc herniation causing cauda equina syndrome, and compound or open fracture. In this text three of these emergencies are handled correctly. For the tramatic hip dislocation the authors recommend hip reduction within 24 hours. The current orthopedic standard of care is reduction within 8 hours so as to avoid almost certain avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Spinal column trauma and disorders are not covered in the book. The emergency medicine physician's greatest dilemma is how much to treat before consulting the appropriate specialist. For instance, in this book the reader is taught how to make splints and circular casts. Does it now mean that is okay for the ER doctor to apply a cast for an injury? All the emergency medicine physicians I know are reluctant to apply casts and this is for very good reasons. The need for cast treatment usually implies a more serious and unstable injury and thus the treatment assumes a greater level of responsibility to avoid serious complications. This work represents a most important contribution to the field of emergency medicine. I very strongly recommend its use to all physicians caring for patients with musculoskeletal trauma and especially for those in urgent care and emergency room facilities. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is not frequent that a major text on musculoskeletal trauma and disorders is written by a nonorthopedic surgeon.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071625944
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 700
  • Sales rank: 488,536
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Profiles

Robert Simon, MD, Emeritus Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital, Emeritus Professor, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

Scott C. Sherman, MD, Assistant Professor, John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Emergency Orthopedics, Sixth Edition

Chapter 1: General Principles

Chapter 2: Anesthesia and Analgesia

Chapter 3: Rheumatologic Problems

Chapter 4: Compartment Syndrome

Chapter 5: Imaging Considerations

Chapter 6: Pediatric Issues

Chapter 7: Cervical Spine Injuries

Chapter 8: Thoracic Spine Injuries

Chapter 9: Lumbar Spine Injuries

Chapter 10: Sacral Injuries

Chapter 11: Hand Injuries

Chapter 12: Wrist Injuries

Chapter 13: Forearm Injuries

Chapter 14: Elbow Injuries

Chapter 15: Arm Injuries

Chapter 16: Shoulder Injuries

Chapter 17: Pelvic Injuries

Chapter 18: Hip Injuries

Chapter 19: Thigh Injuries

Chapter 20: Knee Injuries

Chapter 21: Lower Leg Injuries

Chapter 22: Ankle Injuries

Chapter 23: Foot Injuries
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A multitude of texts and publications currently exist directed at the "ER doc". The "ER doc" is rapidly being replaced by a new physician who practices only emergency medicine. No current othopedics text is directed at this physician. As emergency medicine grows, there must evolve a cooperative relationship between the orthopedic surgeon and the emergentologist based on acknowledging the experience and expertise of one another to make prudent decisions and to recognize areas beyond their limitations. It is this spirit that permeates this text.

Currently available publications can be divided into two groups: Those that are directed to the orthopedic surgeon and those that, although supposedly directed toward a more advanced audience, are in reality directed to the junior medical student. When one sonsiders that disorders and injuries to the "extremities" compose over 50 percent of what the emergentologist will see and that he or she will see more acute injuries initially than will the orthopedic surgeon, can it be acceptable to give only bits of information rather than full range of mechnism of injury, treatment, asssociated injuries, and complications of a particular fracture or injury? Current fracture classifications are directed more toward the orthopedic surgeon and are not presented in a format that the nonspecialist can use quickly and easily. This text categorizes fractures according to degree of complexity, treatment modality, and prognosis—system much more relevant to the emergency physician.

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