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This is a two-volume, 1,510-page panorama of orthopedics. Contributions by the 38 authors are well edited with little redundancy. The authors are, for the most part, well-respected orthopedists in their area of expertise.
Volume I covers general musculoskeletal topics including infection, tumors, neuromuscular diseases, and avascular necrosis. Other chapters deal with more conceptual topics such as the principles of biomechanics, immunology, cell injury, and diagnostic procedures. This volume covers a lot of ground and provides a general overview of adult orthopedic problems. It does not provide in-depth coverage but an extensive bibliography will provide further reference when needed.
Volume II is arranged into three sections, each covering a specific anatomical region: the back, lower extremities, and upper extremities. Chapters within each section are limited to more local anatomical areas. Each chapter begins with a consideration of the anatomy and physical examination and proceeds to discuss specific common or regional disease
FISHER RC. Adult Orthopaedics. Arch Surg. 1985;120(4):506. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390280092023