Description: This book covers basic knowledge needed for treating children and adolescents with musculoskeletal disorders and trauma.
Purpose: The purpose of this single authored book is to make understanding the fundamental pediatric orthopedics a quick and enjoyable experience for the reader. These very worthy objectives are met in most instances.
Audience: The book is written mainly for primary care physicians, but orthopedists can make good use of certain sections. Pediatric and orthopedic residents can find it useful for their training. The author, Lynn T. Staheli, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Orthopedics, University of Washington School of Medicine is internationally known and a recognized authority in the field of pediatric orthopedics. His additional credentials include co-chief editor of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics.
Features: The contents of the book are similar to the second edition with some changes. The author limits space and words by making extensive use of computer generated colored drawings, photos, and tables. Each figure delivers an important educational message. The successful format makes for easy reading and rapid assimilation of useful information with maximum use of space. The author sticks to the fundamentals and avoids, in a number of instances, stating his preferred treatment. For instance, one gets the impression that he does not like to use the hip abduction brace for Perthes disease, but he never says if he personally recommends its use. Also, he may give important opinions without necessarily giving a supporting reference.
Assessment: The strength of this work is the wisdom of the author. How often have we seen residents and junior attendings writing chapters and even editing books with little or no personal experience. Here we have the opposite situation, a pediatric orthopedist with vast clinical experience and a working knowledge of the world's literature as editor of the preeminent pediatric orthopedic journal as an author. He does not mince words about a number of issues such as the uselessness of corrective shoes for familiar supple flat feet or the ineffectiveness of extra diaper use for developmental dysplasia of the hip and physical therapy stretching exercises for gastrochemius contracture in patients with the diagnosis of idiopathic toe walking. I totally enjoyed reading this book and strongly recommend it to pediatrics and general orthopedic surgeons caring for children with orthopedic disorders.