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How much is enough? Who should know what? These are the questions that must be constantly on the minds of medical educators and writers of textbooks. A. Graham Apley is joined for this edition by Louis Solomon, and they have written a textbook primarily for postgraduate students preparing for the examination for Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. In America, the amount of information provided would seem to be about equivalent to the theoretical knowledge expected of a first-year orthopedic resident. The authors also offer their book to undergraduates, but the detail may be more than most students have time to absorb unless they elect a rotation in orthopedic surgery.
The book is divided into thirds: "General Orthopaedics," "Regional Orthopaedics," and "Fractures and Joint Injuries." Under the heading "General Orthopaedics," there are short reviews of diagnostic methods used by orthopedists, infectious diseases, the arthritides, metabolic, dysplastic, and neuromuscular disorders,
Woodward AH. Apley's System of Orthopaedics and Fractures. JAMA. 1982;248(23):3179–3180. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230077043
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