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From The CriticsReviewer: Ronald A. Navarro, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This book, the first these authors have written on this subject, presents shoulder injuries in the context of the athlete.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate the differences that athletes with shoulder injuries face as compared with the general population. The book emphasizes differences in forms of treatment and outcome. Multiple books have recently been written with similar themes. The compilation of contributors with notable experience make the objectives worthy. The book adequately meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: The authors write for orthopedists, both residents and practitioners, with large shoulder practices. Enough return-to-play information aids all sports medicine physicians, although emphasis is placed on operative intervention. The senior author is one of the most credible authorities in the world with regard to shoulder surgery.
Features: The authors provide illustrations of adequate quality and quantity, and of higher teaching value, with the exception of chapter 10 (no illustrations). They provide references that are current, pertinent, and of appropriate quantity. The table of contents and index are adequate. Chapter 19 contains excellent illustrations; the line drawings in the remaining chapters are satisfactory. The book includes an excellent array of arthroscopic and color plates.
Assessment: With the exception of some typographical errors, the authors present a well-edited book with minimal overlap. Current and well-presented information pervades the text; the EMG and neurologic disorders chapters represent some of the best work in the book. Residents and attendings who practice sports medicine should not be without this book.