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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Terrence C. Demos, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: The whole of skeletal radiology is reviewed in outline form and illustrated with 123 line drawings in this handbook. The book is divided into disease categories where each individual disease is reviewed using a standard format. Truly a handbook, it can be held in one hand or carried in a large pocket. The first edition was published in 1989.
Purpose: The book is primarily designed for diagnostic radiology residents. The author states that the book will be a handy source for use in daily film interpretation and also a complete source for board review.
Audience: This is a very well-prepared and thorough review book, but radiology residents would be expected to consult additional texts and articles for both daily sources of information and board review. The material presented is not basic enough for most medical students but would be valuable to any practitioner using radiologic images in the diagnosis of skeletal disease. The author is an experienced skeletal radiologist who has also authored a comprehensive skeletal review for the American College of Radiology Learning File.
Features: The illustrations are precise and aid in remembering important points. The references are current. The book is well organized and attractive. The uniform format used to review each disease makes the text efficient and easy to follow. A short "Key Concept" provides a capsule summary of each disease.
Assessment: This is an unusually thorough review book considering the small size and price. The book would be most useful to radiology and orthopedic surgery residents. Senior medical students and practitioners who evaluate skeletal images would find this review useful as well. This second edition includes substantial additions, including twice the number of illustrations as the first edition and a trauma section that has been doubled in size. In addition, magnetic resonance has been updated.