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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Chris A. Klenck, M.D., Pharm.D.(University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: This is the second edition of a pocket-sized reference designed to concisely cover a wide variety of topics encountered in musculoskeletal medicine. Each topic is discussed in a uniform manner to allow quick access to desired information. The second edition also includes up-to-date references to current literature since the publication of the first edition in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practitioners with a concise, problem-oriented approach to diagnosing and managing commonly encountered injuries and problems in musculoskeletal medicine. Since a significant proportion of primary care visits involve such problems, the book is a valuable tool for primary care practitioners. The book achieves its purpose by providing pertinent information in a uniform manner.
Audience: It is written to appeal to primary care practitioners including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The combined experience of the authors increases the value of the book for everyday use in patient care.
Features: The book covers a wide variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses presented in a uniform manner. References are provided with each topic for further reading. Several illustrations demonstrate important physical findings and exam skills. In addition, a useful chapter details common injection procedures.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for practitioners involved in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. The design allows for quick reference to a comprehensive list of topics. The second edition also incorporates the most current information pertinent for treatment of these patients.