Description: This well-illustrated textbook is presented with the goal of providing both the primary care and sports medicine specialist with a framework for understanding and determining the appropriate imaging approach to the injured athlete.
Purpose: The authors state, correctly, that there is a "remarkable array" of choices available in imaging and evaluation. This book is edited by four authors well-known in their specialties with contributions from a wide variety of specialists including radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physiatrists.
Audience: The book would serve as a useful introductory text to medical students and possibly to junior residents in the above named specialties
Features: Introductory chapters are presented in epidemiology and the basic physics of radiologic imaging. The remainder of the book is organized according to organ systems and the topic treatment is variable. Several chapters address the anatomy, mechanisms of injury, and imaging issues of a given anatomic region while others take a "shotgun" approach to causes of pain and what different pathologic entities look like radiographically.
Assessment: The chapter on radiology imaging is too basic and physics-based to be useful to the sports medicine clinician. The writing style and chapter structure are both inconsistent and limit the usefulness of this book to the stated audience. Many of the references used in various chapters are 15 to 20 years old, though references as current as 1994 are listed.