Description: This is the third edition of a nearly comprehensive shoulder surgery book whose authors and contributors are nearly all leaders in the field.
Purpose: This book deals with anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of the vast majority of clinical problems encountered in the treatment of the shoulder. The book deals with multiple, sometimes competing viewpoints (i.e., arthroscopy vs. open, glenoid replacement vs. hemiarthroplasty) in as nonbiased a manner as is possible. The authors are to be commended for putting together this well balanced presentation.
Audience: Orthopedic surgeons and residents are the audience. The authors are world leaders in shoulder surgery.
Features: The book is nearly comprehensive in its coverage. Nearly all sections are excellent, from developmental and gross anatomy to congenital abnormalities, history, physical, and radiographic evaluations, mechanics, anesthesia, fractures, instability, arthritis, infections, tumors, and tendonopathies/tears. It also describes and summarizes evaluation techniques. A serious arthroscopist would probably require another book, although the included DVD is helpful.
Assessment: This is the gold standard comprehensive shoulder book in terms of depth and authority of the contributors. This edition updates the excellent second edition.