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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Scott Paluska, MD (University of Illinois College of Medicine)
Description: This is an ambitious survey of hip anatomy, examination, radiology, and pathology. Its scope is broad to appeal to both surgical and nonsurgical clinicians who treat active individuals.
Purpose: The book is intended to further understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of hip conditions that may not be familiar to many clinicians. It specifically targets team physicians who may be unaware of the less common causes of hip pain and dysfunction. In general, this book fills an important niche in the sports medicine literature and does an admirable job of meeting the stated goals.
Audience: Team physicians are the primary target audience for this book, particularly those who have had additional training in operative or nonoperative sports medicine. However, the book's surgical emphasis makes it more appropriate for orthopedic surgeons.
Features: The book covers the detailed anatomy of the hip and relevant physical examination techniques. Separate sections focus on imaging of the hip and pelvis. Most of the book is dedicated to chapters that highlight the major pathological issues affecting the hip and pelvis. Particular strengths include discussions of femoroacetabular impingement and labral injuries. The chapters all include high quality illustrations, figures, radiographic images, and photographs. Missing is discussion of oncologic, infectious, or other systemic sources of hip pain and pathology.
Assessment: This high quality book offers sports medicine clinicians, particularly surgeons, a broad survey of hip and pelvis disorders experienced by athletes. It nicely fills a void in the literature.