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July 14, 1978

Musculoskeletal Disorders: Regional Examination and Differential Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

University Hospitals Iowa City

JAMA. 1978;240(2):150. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290020072035

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This rather inclusive text presents a step-wise approach to the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal disease. According to the author of chapter 1, the two parts of examination consist of observation of the whole patient and inspection of the musculoskeletal system. In a sense, the book follows this format.

The initial five chapters address certain components essential to examining any patient. The remaining sections portray a method of diagnosing regional musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. The various authors adhere to a common format, which takes up in turn anatomy, regional examination, and differential diagnosis.

Profuse illustrations and photographic and roentgenographic reproductions provide a valuable counterpart to a well-written, concise text.

Chapter 1, on general diagnosis, contains a useful entry on common laboratory values and their alterations in various disorders. Likewise, the chart and discussion on synovial fluid alterations are useful in treating patients with joint diseases. The section on x-ray film interpretation