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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book about orthopedic-related disorders and injuries in children.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the basics of pediatric orthopedics in a general way.
Audience: The book is written primarily for primary care physicians caring for children with musculoskeletal problems. Orthopedic residents and practitioners are another audience. Lynn T. Staheli, MD, professor emeritus, University of Washington School of Medicine, and consulting orthopedist at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, is known worldwide.
Features: The 15 chapters are heavily illustrated with photographs of x-rays and patients and color clip art. The text is brief but most relevant. A list of additional references ends each chapter. The book highlights nonsurgical management, omitting detailed surgical techniques.
Assessment: Dr. Staheli has devoted his entire professional life to the care of children with orthopedic problems. He has amassed an extensive library of clinical cases which has made the format of this book possible. It is in many ways a photographic encyclopedia of pediatric orthopedics. It has a valuable role to play in the education of primary care physicians and others in a most entertaining way. I very strongly recommend pediatricians, family practitioners, and orthopedists acquire this important work.