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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This book sets out to describe the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder as a prelude to describing clinical investigation of shoulder pathology. Emphasis is placed upon examination and evaluation, with ample amounts of material devoted to descriptions of clinical syndromes and their management.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore in detail the function of the shoulder when challenged to extremes and to attempt to synthesize current information into a practical approach in the evaluation, conservative treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries.
Audience: The primary audience is practicing chiropractors, orthopedists, and physical therapists. The secondary audience includes students of those disciplines, physiatrists, and osteopaths. The book is directed at both chiropractic and medical audiences, and has chapters written by both chiropractors and medical practitioners as well as one by a physical therapist. It does discuss surgical potentials as well as conservative issues, making it an appealing mix for either specialty.
Features: Hundreds of black-and-white line drawings, as well as ample photographs, radiographs, and MR images serve to illustrate key points and concepts from the text. Some few line drawings suffer from lack of clarity in reproduction. References are up-to-date and sufficient in number. Four appendixes provide check sheets for evaluation and coding purposes. The text is uniform in quality among all authors.
Assessment: This high quality book is a benchmark publication in chiropractic circles on this subject, since little exists currently covering this specific area. It is comprehensive, paying attention to all aspects of shoulder management. It is easy to follow and understand and is written with a high degree of sophistication and coordination. Its organization is well thought out, moving from anatomical considerations into evaluation and then to clinical presentation and management. I do highly recommend it.