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Book and Media Reviews
June 24, 2009

AAOS Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2596-2600. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.926

It has been 11 years since the printing of the third edition of the Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The fourth edition is now available, with many improvements over its predecessor. The book remains an excellent resource for clinicians interested in the field of braces, splints, and assistive devices. This reference text is concise and fastidiously edited for easy reading between chapters and offers a broad appeal for physicians, orthotists, and physical and occupational therapists in adult and pediatric practice. One of the main objectives is to transform the role of the orthotist from one of passively filling a physician's prescription to one of actively participating as a consultant and patient educator. The chapters provide enough theory and practical points to accomplish this goal.

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