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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James L. Moeller, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This sports medicine text is the second edition of a book originally published as Office Management of Sports Injuries and Athletic Problems. The book discusses care of the athlete from preparticipation physical to diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries through rehabilitation and return to play. The chapters from the first edition have been completely rewritten to update the information given, and new chapters have been added.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a readable, informative text for the physician caring for athletic patients. It stresses a "generalist approach" to the care of athletes.
Audience: Targeted for office-based physicians caring for competitive or recreational athletes, this reference provides primary care physicians and residents with a practical, easily indexed reference in diagnosis and treatment of common medical and orthopedic problems that their active patients may encounter.
Features: The overall design is clear and the size of this 395-page hardcover text makes this reference appropriate for an office or personal library.
Assessment: This second edition sports medicine text provides a very good reference for office-based primary care physicians and residents who provide general care for active patients. The design is easy to follow and addresses many of the common medical as well as orthopedic issues a primary care physician may encounter in athletic patients. Chapters on nutrition, fluid replacement, taping and bracing, drugs and doping, and bicycle injuries help to round out the focus of this book. The photos and diagrams assist in the understanding of the written text, although color photos of skin problems would have been more helpful than black-and-white photos. The update from the original volume was appropriate, and this resource contributes to the need for primary care based sports medicine references. This book is appropriate for individual, healthcare facility, or resident education library purchase.