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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the third edition of the foremost textbook of the osteopathic profession. It was the initiative by the American Osteopathic Association to develop a curriculum in osteopathic principles and practice that led to this comprehensive foundations text. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: This edition continues to fulfill the original goal of further developing the curriculum and becoming a resource useful for all phases of osteopathic medical education. The editor and contributors are the pillars of the profession and present a superlative book representing the profession.
Audience: As outlined in the preface, this book is meant for all levels of osteopathic education. In actuality, it also is an extraordinary resource for those considering entering the profession and for laypersons to help them understand what osteopathic physicians can offer.
Features: One of the outstanding aspects of this book is the organization of the chapters, beginning with an overview of the osteopathic profession, working through the basic science and models used by osteopathic physicians, followed by a clear explanation of the somatic component of the various regions of the body, and ending with the approach to osteopathic patient management and research. There are a large number of illustrations, references, and case vignettes. An online version is available, which could accommodate videos of the techniques, which so happens to be the only area that could be improved in this publication.
Assessment: This is an essential book for osteopathic students, attending physicians, and every person who wishes to know more about osteopathic medicine. As the comprehensive publication on the osteopathic profession, it should be included in every medical library as a reference.