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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book deals with the examination of the arthritic patient and injection techniques.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach the correct methods of history taking and physical examination of the musculoskeletal system as they relate to rheumatology. The skills of periarticular and articular injection and aspiration are also discussed.
Audience: This book is written for clinical rheumatologists and trainees in rheumatology, orthopedics, and those in other allied professions such as physical and occupational therapy.
Features: The book is divided into three sections: Introduction to Examination, Examination of Specific Regions, and Aspiration and Injection Techniques. There is effective use of line drawings throughout the book.
Assessment: This textbook is written by five authors from the United Kingdom. In the preface, reference is made to the lack of adequate "student and specialist training" in the musculoskeletal system. In the states, we experience the same problem with medical students who may graduate without a formal clerkship in the musculoskeletal system (orthopedics). This deficiency is recognized and appropriate measures are taken to correct this problem. This text is very well written and illustrated. It is highly recommended to rheumatologists, trainees in that specialty and other related specialties, and medical students.