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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Series provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is a group of review books regarding the various subspecialties in the field. This 3rd edition is a timely and excellent review of the current concepts in orthopedic sports medicine and a necessary update.
Purpose: The goal of OKU is to provide a useful, comprehensive, and accessible synthesis of the latest information and knowledge available. In the case of OKU Sports Medicine this includes broadening the base beyond the musculoskeletal system and including issues such as eating disorders, performance enhancing drugs, and other medical issues a team physician might face. These are clearly worthy objectives and the editors have done an admirable job of producing an excellent compendium of information.
Audience: The target audience includes orthopedic surgeons and residents who are preparing for in-training exams, board examinations, or CAQ examinations. The book will also be a great concise, easy to use update and review for orthopedic surgeons in everyday practice and for nonorthopedists who would like a more up-to-date assessment of these issues than many books can provide. James Garrick and his core of section editors, including Tom Best, Ben Graf, Ben Kibler, and Marlene DeMaio, are well respected and have put together an impressive collection of chapter authors.
Features: The core of this review book is a section-by-section anatomic approach to common injuries in sports medicine including neck and spine, upper extremity, lower extremity, followed by some important core issues of sports medicine which are nonmusculoskeletal, including infectious disease, dermatology, cardiac, eating disorders, supplements, and injury prevention. The greatest advantage of this book is its easy to read format that provides a concise synthesis of each area of interest.
Assessment: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has done an admirable job over the years creating core educational products with the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Series. Indeed, they continue to get better and better at synthesizing the needed information. I have had the good fortune of reading each of the previous editions of OKU Sports Medicine and find this one to be the best so far. It is well targeted and to the point and does not get bogged down in inessential information. This is a great entry in the series and should be required reading for all orthopedic fellows and residents. It will be a well used book on the desk of every orthopedic surgeon whose practice includes sports medicine techniques.