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Book and Media Reviews
December 19, 2007

The Achilles Tendon

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(23):2796-2800. doi:10.1001/jama.298.23.2797

This is a 276-page, 27-chapter text by 33 authors from North America and Europe. The authors are orthopedic surgeons, podiatric physicians, and basic scientists. Twenty-one of the chapters deal with various types of tendinitis or tendon ruptures. The text is well written, adequately illustrated, and well referenced. Most chapters are remarkably well organized and uniform, which is surprising for a multiauthored text.

There are some minor organizational issues in this otherwise excellent text. In chapter 3 (on biomechanics), there are no details of the timing of activity of the gastrocsoleus muscles, although a 1-paragraph summary of normal muscle activity is found in chapter 25 (on pediatric conditions). The operative procedures, which have been traditional for children's problems, are briefly mentioned in this chapter but detailed in chapter 24 (on athletes with equinus problems).

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