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March 6, 1987

The Lower Extremity and Spine in Sports Medicine

JAMA. 1987;257(9):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390090120043

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This is a remarkable textbook. It will, I believe, become the classic sports medicine work. There are 64 well-respected authors for 46 chapters. Most authors are orthopedic surgeons, but there are also five basic scientists, three internists, eleven team physicians of major university or professional clubs, four physical therapists, two trainers, a podiatrist, a physical medicine specialist, and a veterinarian. The entire work is thorough and encyclopedic in approach, with clearly reproduced illustrations, mostly original, and complete references. Individual authors' approaches are clearly represented, but the editors have maintained an organized pattern throughout the text.

There are six chapters on basic sciences, which summarize, as far as I can tell, the totality of knowledge in this area. The three chapters on therapeutics and rehabilitation represent a clear, well-illustrated approach. There are 11 chapters on the foot and ankle, and this area is so well organized that the material is thoroughly