According to the first line of the preface, this is "an up-to-date overview of orthopaedics written expressly for the medical student." As a compilation of chapters from the members of the Orthopaedic Department at Georgetown University Medical Center, it represents the various subspecialties for each topic. It begins with a chapter on bone development and metabolism, which serves as a transition from the basic sciences to clinical orthopaedics. This is followed by a chapter on physical diagnosis, which is devoted to the musculoskeletal examination. Subsequent chapters cover general topics such as trauma, infections, tumors, pediatrics, and, new to this edition, sports medicine. The remainder of the book consists of chapters that provide an overview of each anatomical division of the body, such as the hand, hip, foot, ankle, and so on.