Description: This text covers the art and principles of screening for hip dysplasia in neonates.
Purpose: The author's stated purpose is to bring together the facts and principles needed daily by healthcare providers involved in screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip. Hip dysplasia is a clinically silent and serious condition that can be more easily treated when detected early. Competency of the screener is important. While the merits of screening are debated, few would dispute its complexity; hence the usefulness of this book. The book meets its stated objectives.
Audience: The title page states that this book is intended for "general practitioners, clinical medical officers, pediatric and orthopedic trainees, health visitors, midwives, and other health professionals concerned with child health." I believe that radiologists, nurse practitioners, and orthopedic surgeons will also find this information useful. The author is a recognized authority in this field.
Features: This book chronicles the impact of hip screening programs and gives the author's views on when and how to implement them. Ultrasound screening is briefly discussed. The quality of illustrations is good to excellent. The references are pertinent, but are dated with few current studies cited. There is a large volume of more current literature which largely supports, but in a few instances, contradicts this work. The table of contents and index are both adequate. A nice feature is the highlighted tips which point out important principles and commonly asked questions. The chapters on ethical and legal considerations are unique and serve to point out important documentation issues for clinicians.
Assessment: This is a well-written and very useful text on the subject of hip screening in the newborn. It presents information that is highly relevant to practitioners and is well organized to provide either a quick or in-depth review for novice and experienced screeners alike.