Description: This is the first volume in a series of proposed titles in the Pocket Podiatry series. Its seven chapters attempt to tie anatomy and mechanics together into one succinct volume. A particularly helpful feature is the collection of review questions at the end of each chapter designed to stimulate thought and help readers process the information.
Purpose: The book is designed to develop readers' grasp of functional anatomy, with specific reference to the foot. While there are more detailed books for both anatomy and mechanics, this is an admirable attempt to cover a complex subject in simple, easy to follow format. There is nothing similar to this book currently on the market.
Audience: Although intended primarily as a course text for podiatric students in the U.K., the book may well have wider appeal, particularly to physical therapists, and possibly to U.S. students of podiatric medicine. The author is no stranger to podiatry and has been involved in teaching mechanics to podiatry students in the U.K. for many years.
Features: The book covers the basic composition of the skeleton and supporting tissues and provides an overview of mechanics. The chapter on the neuromuscular system is particularly well done and is an area that is often not given its due when considering functional anatomy. The first page of each chapter has the chapter contents highlighted in a box, helpful for readers when trying to narrow the subject down. The glossary at the end is well thought out and comprehensive.
Assessment: This a fine little book. It is not meant to be a substitute for more sophisticated anatomic and mechanics books, and these certainly will still be needed during students' course of study. However, there are no books that are able to blend the two subjects areas together and present the material concisely for podiatry students. This book is eminently worthy of students' time.