Reviewer: Samuel J. Chmell, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This how-to book provides succinct recommendations for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions that patients are likely to present with in the emergency department. The directions are straightforward, and the color photographs are very instructive.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide instructions for physicians in the emergency department on the treatment of all the commonly seen musculoskeletal entities. The book does a competent job of meeting these worthy objectives.
Audience: It is written for emergency department physicians and residents as well junior residents in orthopedic surgery.
Features: The book combines photographs, illustrations, x-rays, and step-by-step instructions and demonstrations of how to perform essential musculoskeletal interventions in the emergency department. The color photographs, especially those with skin markings, are stellar.
Assessment: The true usefulness of this book is that in one single, well-constructed pocketbook we now have a comprehensive "Emergency Department Musculoskeletal Bible."