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Key topics in orthopaedic trauma surgery
  1. PHILIP SELL, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  1. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK

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    Key topics in orthopaedic trauma surgery, GS Keene, AHN Robinson, MG Bowditch, DJ Edwards. 308 pp. Bios Scientific Publishers, 1999. £23.95, paperback. ISBN 1 85996 291 2,. ★★★★

    The 100 topics covered in this excellent volume have been selected for their relevance to modern orthopaedic trauma management. It is not intended as a comprehensive reference text but as an overview of essential core knowledge required. It achieves this superbly. I would unreservedly recommend it to every orthopaedic and accident and emergency specialist registrar and senior house officer.

    The format selects key topics and has short chapters under the main headings. The format is one of salient fact rather than free-flowing text. It is therefore perfect for revision or reading while travelling. Basic science topics, such as biomaterials and properties of bone are covered in a logical fashion. Common fractures and the complications that can occur are dealt with comprehensively. The space given to common and uncommon conditions is similar and so intracapsular fractures of the proximal femur receive the same amount of text as tarsal dislocations.

    Topics on the principles of management relevant to the general care of the multiply injured patient are well covered. A minor criticism would be that trauma care involves the pre-hospital management and rehabilitation of patients and there is no specific mention of this. I particularly enjoyed the brief synopsis, up to date classifications, and references where relevant. Areas where controversies of management exist are discussed avoiding didactic argument and guiding the reader to the appropriate text. This book is excellent value for money and precisely hits the spot for the intended audience.