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Edited by Glenn B Pfeffer. (Pp 88; soft cover; $38.00) Illinois, USA: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2000. ISBN 089203226X.
In reviewing this book, I was first struck down by the American terminologies, then bogged down by too much information in uninterrupted essay format for two chapters (“Sprains and soft tissue injuries” and “Subtalar injuries”). There was a vast amount of very relevant comprehensive information contained in these sections—for example, different x ray views to request to visualise specific problems, but sadly it was difficult to access in essay format. This was let down the book as a whole, as the last two chapters (“Arthroscopic treatment of Osteochondral lesions and soft tissue impingements” and “Nerve injuries to lateral leg and ankle”) were excellently laid out with clear, helpful information for all sports physicians. They were also very well illustrated, including a flow chart for chronic ankle pain management.
I know I am a simple ex GP in sports medicine but, with limited time to read books, I like clear headings, major points highlighted, and tables to compliment the text. I also like pictures; the illustrations in the first two chapters did little, if anything, to clarify the text (reduced size, unclear, black and white anatomy specimen photographs).
Although this book, I think, is aimed at orthopaedic surgeons, it has certainly increased my knowledge and enthusiasm to see chronic ankle problems and I would recommend that anyone serious about sports medicine consider it as a reference book for those difficult ankle problems. If only the authors in the latter part had edited the first two chapters.
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