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Book and Media Reviews
June 4, 2008

Surgical Treatment of Orthopaedic Trauma

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2571-2572. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2571

With so many fracture and trauma textbooks already published, is there a place for yet another text on the subject? The answer to this question is yes. Surgical Treatment of Orthopaedic Trauma is an excellent adjunct for residents, fellows, and attending physicians who are and will be charged with treating the growing population of patients with orthopedic trauma. The contributing authors are all experts in the field. This 1000-page volume is intended to be comprehensive yet succinct, and I believe the authors have accomplished their goals. The surgical techniques and concepts described are current and include the use of newer concepts and technologies that have been used in the last 5 to 10 years, such as locked plating, negative-pressure wound care, and the reamer irrigator aspirator. Mention of others with no track record, such as mesh cages and intramedullary nailing for segmental tibial defects, are somewhat more controversial.