Mark Miller and Stephen Thompson
Published by Elsevier (November 2019)
I have had the pleasure of having used a previous edition of this excellent book and this new edition remains fresh and relevant to modern clinical practice. In the preface, the authors have explained that they have tried to keep the information as compressed as possible. If you have not come across it before then it is an excellent textbook of Orthopaedics designed for specialists in the field and to help them get through American based specialty exams. However, this book has plenty to offer a global audience and in fact is also useful for a non-specialist audience such as primary care both in the UK and abroad. Readers of this book don’t necessarily have to exams in mind to get good use out of it.
When the book arrived, I was interested to look up the topic of spinal stenosis (it was a topic I had just come across) and I was not disappointed in the coverage of the topic by reading pages 632 to page 635. There is plenty to interest both the specialist and non specialist in this particular topic. The text of the book is written in bullet style format which not only makes it easier on the eye but can allow rapid intake of information. Great credit goes to the authors as this means very tight editing and every word has to count and I think they have succeeded in this aim very well.
Even better and one of the highlights of the book are the excellent images, radiographs, tables and diagrams which are liberally scattered throughout the text. The quality of reproduction is superb and the diagrams are brilliant and they include radiographs, anatomical diagrams as well as tables which appear in many pages. These illustrations enhance and add to the excellent text. For example on page 633, Figure 8.16 displays the pathoanatomy of spinal stenosis and this helped to enhance my understanding of the accompanying text on spinal stenosis mentioned earlier.
The Chapter on sports medicine is also excellent, Chapter 4 and covers a lot of ground not often found elsewhere in similar textbooks. In just over 800 pages the book generously covers a lot of orthopaedics including paediatric orthopaedics (Chapter 3), Orthopaedic Pathology (Chapter 9) and the following chapter on rehabilitation, is also very useful. It certainly earns its title “review.”
This book is a pleasure to read and should appeal to a global (not just American) audience and should appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals both in primary and secondary care, even if you don’t have an exam in mind. If that is not enough, included within the price of the book, there is a web version as well as an app to download to your smart device. If you have used the publisher’s web or app version, they follow the same format as other textbooks produced by the same publisher and if not, for a new user these digital versions are easy to use. They contain the whole content of the book and adds portability and functionality to the printed book. The app requires 666MB space on your smart device to fully download all the book’s contents. Clearly this is a lot of room and if needed, you will need to make sure there is relevant space on your device.
All in all, this is a really good and well produced book full of relevant information for a wide audience and for what you get, this represents reasonable value for money. If you are going to use the book and its digital accompaniments on a regular basis then it could be a wise investment indeed.
Dr Harry Brown