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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cooley Pantazis, MD (University of Florida)
Description: This textbook is devoted to the introduction of orthopedic pathology. It includes 18 chapters written jointly by a pathologist and an orthopedic surgeon who have drawn on their daily practice and in-service course in bone pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as an introduction and core knowledge of orthopedic pathology for residents of pathology and orthopedic surgery.
Audience: The audience is primarily trainees in pathology and orthopedic surgery.
Features: This book provides a concise body of orthopedic pathology to the beginner. It could easily form the basic fund of knowledge for all such trainees. The radiological tutorial is quite good and complements the pathologic descriptions and approaches to diagnosis. Chapters on inflammation, repair, and metabolic bone disorders provide straight forward criteria for the diagnosis of osteomyelitis, failed arthroplasty, and arthritis.
Assessment: Oftentimes the pathologist is confronted with a multitude of bones and bone pieces during his daily practice of pathology. Oftentimes important clinical inferences are missed or not given so that the pathological keyword in a surgical report falls short of a specific diagnosis. The use of a multidisciplinary approach is to be applauded: it will help pathologists diagnose specific bone pathology if a clearer understanding of radiological information is used during the evaluation; and orthopedists will better understand the surgical pathology reports they receive. I do not know of any other text that provides this much concise information. I would recommend this text to all orthopedic and pathology trainees.