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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samuel J. Chmell, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book scientifically details "why people walk the way that they do," documenting the characteristics and causes of gait disturbance(s).
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to detail the capabilities of thorough gait analysis, the interpretation thereof, and how that information is useful in the treatment of patients. The author is an international expert on gait analysis, and this book meets this worthwhile objective.
Audience: The author intends this book for gait laboratory staff. However, while this makes sense, the book also is an excellent read for orthopedic surgeons involved in lower extremity joint replacement/reconstruction. After all, isn't the way people walk after joint replacement/reconstruction critical to outcome?
Features: This book helps readers in understanding, determining, and ultimately measuring why patients walk the way that they do, so that they can help them walk better. It delves into philosophical elements of the study of gait, but then, at the opposite end of the spectrum, it provides the scientific basis for recommended actions.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. Orthopedic surgeons as a whole, at least in the U.S., do not pay enough attention to gait/gait analysis. This book is a game changer. It is relevant to most lower extremity maladies. It is an essential addition to the academic orthopedic library.