This concise text encompasses all aspects of operative treatment of the shoulder, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. The work is a direct outgrowth of the Reading Shoulder Course and is a compendium of the presentations by the contributors. The presentations have been turned into reviews that are notably complete, concise, and easy to read. The stated goal was to provide the non-specialist with a source that delineates lesions of the shoulder and explains the available treatments, both operative and non-operative. Copeland's text is precisely on target.