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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book on the rotator cuff is one of a series of monographs produced by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This is a supplement and update to the original monograph on the subject published in 1991.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the most recent activities in the science and management of rotator cuff disease and to supplement material provided in the first monograph. While new issues are discussed, old issues are revisited, allowing this monograph to stand alone.
Audience: The target audience for this monograph is the practicing orthopedic surgeon who desires a concise, clear update on issues surrounding the shoulder. It is an ideal read for the resident and busy orthopedist who may not have time to thoroughly read a larger text or who does not maintain current with the journal literature.
Features: The monograph series provided by the AAOS is a unique form of publication: a concise yet thorough reference that provides the orthopedist or resident with an amazing amount of information in a small package. The authors and contributors are carefully selected and are the ultimate experts and leaders on the subject.
Assessment: The monograph series and this issue on the rotator cuff is an excellent way for the practicing orthopedic shoulder surgeon to stay current with any changing information in the field of shoulder surgery. I highly recommend it to all surgeons who perform rotator cuff surgery. Indeed, I consider it a "must read" for all residents in training as the information presented is concise, accurate, efficient, and fundamental to the practice of shoulder surgery.