Edited by Maneesh Bhatia and Tim Jennings
Published July 17 by CRC Press
The title really says it all and in my humble opinion; the book achieves the aim of the title very successfully. It is a relatively slim volume comprising just over 180 pages but don’t think you will get short changed if you decide you want this book. I don’t think you will, as I found this impressive book is very good when dealing with most every day musculoskeletal problems and issues seen in primary care. In fact this book is excellent for a basic understanding for most of the common musculoskeletal scenarios seen every day in general practice. It is full of practical assistance, sensible advice and written in a pleasant and understandable manner and great credit for this goes to the editors. It is not a detailed reference source but I would suggest that medical students, practice nurses and nurse practitioners would find this most useful. The book is primarily British in origin and very useful for a UK audience though a global audience will also appreciate its content and style.
Despite its dimensions, the contents cover a surprisingly wide range of problems and I suspect could help out a GP with a significant number of musculoskeletal problems that they could face. We all know that musculoskeletal problems are common in primary care and so it is good to be well prepared to meet this significant demand. This book could make an excellent contribution to improving GPs knowledge and understanding of the variety of musculoskeletal problems that we see on a daily basis. Its slimness means that it concentrates on the common issues and that I suspect that most people would want it to help them deal with front line problems. Equally its slimness is a physical advantage in that it can be kept in the consulting room within easy access for the healthcare professional to quickly read up on a topic.
In fact, it does not take long to read the whole book and I suspect after this, the reader will feel more at ease in dealing with many common orthopaedic problems presenting to a primary care team. This is an excellent book and I wish it well, it deserves to succeed.
Dr Harry Brown