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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Riad Barmada, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book deals with the diagnosis and initial management of patients with musculoskeletal injuries in emergency rooms.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide emergency room physicians with a reference to help with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal fractures.
Audience: The primary audience is emergency room physicians, residents, physician assistants, and nurses, but it also should include all personnel who are first responders such as ambulance staff, coaches, trainers, and physicians.
Features: The first of the book's three sections covers general principles, which include imaging analysis, local blocks, and patient assessment. Part two addresses specific anatomic regions — spine and upper and lower extremities. Part three is dedicated to pediatrics.
Assessment: This is an outstanding reference on the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries in the emergency room. It is a valuable addition to the orthopedic literature and it should be included in every medical library.