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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This textbook deals with basic existing knowledge of the musculoskeletal system.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a quick office reference for basic orthopedic knowledge and a teaching source for students. These worthwhile objectives are met in most instances.
Audience: The book is written for medical students, primary care physicians, junior orthopedic residents, and other allied medical professionals. Both authors are active orthopedists practicing in Texas.
Features: The book is divided into 22 chapters. Most of the chapters cover adult disorders and injuries; pediatric orthopedics and basic sciences are covered in separate chapters. There is a useful appendix which lists all common medications used in orthopedics. Information on treatment in some areas is too brief. For instance, the reader is not told how long a Pavlik harness is used when treating hip dysplasia.
Assessment: The authors are to be commended for packing so much important information into 390 pages. Also, I find the material very accurately described in each chapter. I highly recommend this book to students, primary care physicians, and allied professionals. Orthopedists can find it most useful to review in anatomy, fracture classifications, and so on. I plan to recommend this book to our medical students. Medical book shops are strongly advised to have it available for their customers.