Reviewer: Edward Abraham, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This fifth edition of a general orthopedic book uses several effective teaching tools to convey the information in a brief but thorough way. The fourth edition was published in 2010.
Purpose: It covers the topics of musculoskeletal trauma and disorders in a concise and general fashion.
Audience: The audience is primarily medical students, residents, or registrars seeking orthopedic knowledge. Primary care physicians also can benefit from this book.
Features: The book has eight sections and an additional section on the clinical examination and surgical instruments. The section on clinical physical examination is very well done. The material is presented in a most engaging and easy to read manner, with an abundance of photographs, radiographs, and color illustrations. The book also highlights summary tables, author notes, facts, and other comments. A bullet format and short paragraphs dominate the chapters. The intraoperative color photographs are abundant, but they lack both depth of perception and clarity.
Assessment: The principal author, an orthopedic surgeon from India, appears to be a devoted orthopedic teacher to his students. He effectively transfers his knowledge to them and international students in this book. Junior orthopedic residents or registrars are the most appropriate audience because the book is too much for medical students just seeking some basic facts about orthopedics. In this regard it can serve as a good reference in medical libraries. It is not clear why the lead author feels it necessary to add to this most useful publication an abbreviated form of his curriculum vita which boasts of 170 books written and published by him in one year, a Guinness World Record in 2015, etc. In spite of this distraction, the book is strongly recommended for young physicians starting a career in orthopedics.