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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benjamin A Goldberg, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Written by national shoulder experts, this monograph covers the evaluation and treatment of shoulder instability.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic residents, and nonoperative professionals on the management of patients with unstable shoulder. This is a somewhat diverse group, but the book provides enough information that all of them can get some good information.
Audience: In addition to orthopedic surgeons and residents, the book is intended for physiatrists, primary care physicians, and therapists. The level of detail is probably satisfactory for all of these readers, but the technical aspects are not treated in enough depth for orthopedic surgeons to use this as a sole reference. This simplification was likely necessary for the diverse target audience. Many of the authors are national authorities on this subject.
Features: One chapter covers preoperative evaluation, four chapters detail arthroscopic management, two chapters deal with open management, and one chapter covers rehabilitation. The book is light and compact, but it does not provide enough detail about the procedures for orthopedic surgeons or residents and has no video demonstrations of arthroscopic techniques.
Assessment: This book is shorter and simpler than Shoulder Arthroplasty, Gartsman and Edwards (Elsevier, 2008), or arthroscopic technique books that are clearly written for orthopedic surgeons. Other multivolume shoulder textbooks are more comprehensive in their treatment of open and arthroscopic management of shoulder instability and are written primarily for orthopedic surgeons. This book fills a niche between dedicated technical books on how to perform a procedure and comprehensive multivolume textbooks, giving it a wider audience that includes nonorthopedists.