Examination, Evaluation and Intervention
This is without doubt an impressive book but even more impressive is the fact that it is the work of a single author. Now of course that is not unique but this is a big book which runs to over 1670 pages and for one individual to produce this reference work is an impressive feat indeed. It is a well produced book with solid hardback covers and manages to look at its subject matter in great detail. However it is between the covers that is most important and I have to say, this is a very good book which offers the reader a most useful and detailed reference source.
I would classify this book as a textbook of musculoskeletal medicine as there is a little on surgery. So this is ideal for a whole host of specialities and it is good to see that the book specialises in clinical skills. This is for both diagnosis and management and is full of excellent and practical advice. Another strength of the book is the quality of the anatomical images (there are plenty of them) and they are particularly outstanding. Many of them seem to have been taken from specialised books which are part of the publisher’s catalogue, so adding greater depth to the book. There are also plenty of images of how to examine and treat specific sites which again are most helpful.
The book is detailed and is strong on clinical anatomy often a weak and forgotten area amongst postgraduates. I also like the boxes of clinical pearls embedded within the text which also catch the reader’s eye.
There is a lot of material here which is very clinically focussed and there is a strong concentration on clinical skills which is a refreshing change. The book is highly readable and very relevant to clinical practice not only for medics but for physiotherapists and other associated practitioners with an interest in musculoskeletal medicine. I still remain amazed that this impressive and detailed reference source is the product of one individual.
Dr Harry Brown