Orthopedic radiology: A practical radiology. 2nd edition

Orthopedic radiology: A practical radiology. 2nd edition

Injury:International Journal of the Care of the Injured (1994) Vol. 25/No. 412 Orthopedic Radiology: A Practical Radiology. 2nd Press. 156375023 6, ...

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Injury:International Journal of the Care of the Injured (1994) Vol. 25/No.


Orthopedic Radiology: A Practical Radiology. 2nd Press. 156375023 6, Edition. A. Greenspan. Raven US$281.50,1992,656pp. This is the second edition of an already acclaimed book, enlarged and updated, primarily with the addition of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Divided into seven sections and comprising 28 chapters, it covers orthopaedic radiology systematically from trauma to congenital anomalies. Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with many high quality flow charts and algorithms, as well as conventional radiological illustrations. Each chapter concludes with a page summarizing ‘practical points to remember’ and is fully referenced. The whole book is beautifully produced in a large format which tends to make it a ‘coffee table’ book rather than one to balance on the lap and read comfortably. The prime objective, as set out by the author, is to provide medical students and residents in radiology and pathology with a sound foundation in the subject. As always when horizons are wide, there is a tendency to try and address all things for all men. Hence the book includes basic radiological technique on the one hand, and detailed classification of fractures on the other. Although MRI has been added, the number of images is relatively few, and some are already dated in terms of quality. MRI has in many instances replaced other techniques discussed in the text. However this is understandable granted the lead time to produce a textbook on the one hand and the relative lack of


endowment with MRI apparatus in many countries on the other. Skeletal scintigraphy is also included, but interestingly the author does not use the blood pool or dynamic sequence in his practice. Consequently the value of this phase of the examination is not emphasized. The important question is whether or not the author achieves his prime objective. It is undoubtedly far too detailed and sophisticated for medical students. Arguably it is a little too basic for residents in radiology and pathology - such is the pitfall of aiming at a wide readership. However, granted this and the minor limitations already described, this is a high quality textbook which largely succeeds in its objectives. It is strongly to be recommended and should be a useful bench book in departments of clinical radiology, particularly those dealing with injury and orthopaedic outpatients. It will also be much appreciated by departments of orthopaedics. Whether or not individuals, in particular medical students, will afford to buy it or not is a matter of taste, for whilst it is a classic of its kind, it is not unique in the market place. Nonetheless it is an excellent teaching volume and will certainly succeed in its subsidiary aim, ‘that of providing a quick and convenient reference for physicians interested in bone and joint disorders and those customarily employing radiological studies in their everyday practice’. I. Watt




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