Description: Roger Mann's Surgery of the Foot and Ankle is still regarded as the workhorse of the foot and ankle orthopedist's world. It is the orthopedic surgeon's equivalent to McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, revered by so many podiatric foot and ankle surgeons. Last published in 2007, this is still an impressive book, which retains many of the features from the previous edition, including the most useful list of video clips immediately following the chapter listing.
Purpose: This is designed to be a comprehensive work on the subject of foot and ankle surgery, a feat it most definitely accomplishes. From its original beginnings as a work based on the personal experiences of a foot and ankle orthopedist with a podiatric background (Henri DuVries, MD), the book has evolved over some 50 years from a single volume into a two-volume work with multiple contributing authors.
Audience: While clearly aimed at the orthopedic community, the book fills a need in the podiatric community. It will be of particular value to fellows in orthopedics wishing to specialize in foot and ankle surgery, and also to residents in orthopedics and podiatry, as well as clinicians in both fields. Others, including trauma surgeons, may find some aspects of the book to be useful. The physical size and cost make this unlikely to be a book that many students will either own or have the need to read. Dr. Mann and the other three main authors (Drs. Coughlin, Saltzman, and Anderson) are very well respected in their field. They have on relied on approximately 25 prior contributing authors, and more than 40 new ones to produce an outstanding presenting group.
Features: The book is arranged over 10 sections, and is divided, not equally, into the two volumes and 40 chapters. Some topics have been moved into different areas for this edition, and some subject matter is covered more than once, in more than one section, albeit with a slightly different emphasis. Premium features include the greatly expanded use of video clips (up from 60 to 130), and an electronic version of the book is, of course, available to allow for viewing on web-based devices. Color plates are used throughout. The chapter on dermatology of the foot and lower extremity remains, demonstrating the comprehensive nature of this primarily surgical book. Not unexpectedly, there are new chapters on total ankle replacement and ring external fixation. These are well done. The only shortcoming is the omission of a rather useful chapter that appeared in previous editions, on worker's compensation and liability issues. This chapter still has a place in a book of this type, and would add further to its usefulness.
Assessment: A book of this type is always going to be valued. It is certainly well written and comprehensive in its coverage, without being encyclopedic. Inevitably, it will draw comparisons to works such as McGlamry's, now in its 4th edition, Southerland et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013) and Jahss's Disorder's of the Foot and Ankle (Saunders, 1991) now out of print. These are its main competitors, although by no means exclusively. This ninth edition is justified and has a wealth of new material some 40 percent of it has been rewritten. Perhaps the greatest tribute of this latest edition is in its title, which now bears its most longstanding contributor's name Mann's Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, a mark of respect to a great foot and ankle surgeon.