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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Leslie K Rydberg, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: Part of the Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference series geared for busy clinicians, this book focuses on musculoskeletal, sports, and occupational medicine.
Purpose: It is intended to serve as a quick reference for patients with problems that a clinician does not see regularly. It also can act as a rapid review of both common and rare clinical musculoskeletal problems.
Audience: Although aimed at practicing physiatrists or rehabilitation specialists, the book also would be helpful for rehabilitation resident physicians or general practitioners.
Features: The book is organized into short chapters, each based on one distinct clinical problem. Each problem is divided into categories (i.e. etiology, clinical features, natural history, red flags, helpful hints) using a bulleted format. In this way, the book covers over 100 different clinical conditions, listed alphabetically.
Assessment: This is an excellent quick reference for busy practitioners and definitely serves its purpose. It would be a great asset for general rehabilitation practitioners or primary care physicians who do not primarily focus on occupational or musculoskeletal conditions. It also would be useful for resident physicians in the same fields. It is a solid addition to the series.