Description: The 53 chapters in this volume of the Instructional Course Lectures convey timely and thought-provoking information from some of the most informative lectures presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) held in San Francisco.
Purpose: The purpose is not to present the only, or necessarily the best, methods or procedures for orthopedic surgical situations discussed. Rather, the intent is to represent an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the author(s) or producer(s), which might be helpful to others who face similar situations. This worthwhile objective is satisfied.
Audience: The book is written for practicing orthopedic surgeons, fellows, and residents and registrars in training. The more than 135 authors who contributed to this volume are, for the most part, credible authorities in the areas about which they have written.
Features: This book includes dissertations that put in written form salient lectures from the 2012 AAOS meeting in areas including trauma, spine, adult reconstruction, upper extremity, pediatrics, sports medicine, and orthopedic practice. The chapters on adult hip and knee reconstruction are the most numerous and extensive. The video supplement is a welcome addition.
Assessment: This volume is well done and up to date. It provides new helpful hints, suggestions, and discussion for tackling problems. It is an essential addition to the academic orthopedic surgical library.