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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This annual publication provides an up-to-date review of selected orthopedic topics. The papers were chosen from the Instructional Course Lectures presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons held in 1994 in New Orleans.
Purpose: The purpose for publishing these lectures is to continue a longstanding tradition established by the Academy at least since 1944. The primary goal is to foster continuing postgraduate orthopedic education for its membership. This worthy objective is met by the editorial committee and its 76 contributors who are proven experts in their respective fields.
Audience: Although the book is published mainly for seasoned orthopedic surgeons, its most faithful readers are orthopedic residents. The editor, Douglas W. Jackson, Medical Director of Southern California Center for Sports Medicine, Long Beach, California, his committee members, and staff are to be commended for amassing this totally relevant publication.
Features: The black-and-white illustrations are of high quality and easy to understand. The references are current and relevant. The body of the text is divided into 10 sections. In addition to the traditional chapters based on anatomical areas, there are chapters on kinetics and computers.
Assessment: The AAOS prides itself, and rightfully so, as a leader in postgraduate medical education. This publication is an example of such excellence and dedication. I very highly recommend it to all orthopedic surgeons and residents. Also, medical libraries are recommended to purchase this book.