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From The CriticsReviewer:Edward Abraham, MD(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description:This book presents information on the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders by stressing a thorough history taking, physical examination, and ancillary tests.
Purpose:The authors have not stated the purpose of the book. However, it is obvious that they are presenting a systematic way to evaluate orthopedic conditions by stressing the importance of the role of the clinician and imaging techniques.
Audience:The book is written mainly for orthopedic surgeons and residents. Other allied medical professionals such as physical and occupational therapists are going to find this work most helpful. All but one contributor are from Germany and they all hold senior orthopedic appointments in their respective institutions.
Features:This is an English translation of the original German versions published in 1995 and 1996. The contents are divided into nine anatomical sections. Each section covers the clinical examination, radiology, ultrasound, arthrography, nuclear medicine studies, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. More emphasis is placed on imaging modalities. Each chapter is well written and supported by numerous excellent and most useful figures. Treatment is not covered here.
Assessment:This is perhaps the best work I have read in recent years on the subject. The chapters are thorough and superbly illustrated. The section on the shoulder is particularly outstanding. I very highly recommend this textbook to all orthopedic surgeons and residents. All medical science libraries are encouraged to purchasethis outstanding book.