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Review of Musculoskeletal Medicine
Alan M. Levine, MD1
1 Cancer InstituteSinai Hospital2401 West Belvedere AvenueBaltimore, MD 21215alevine@lifebridgehealth.org
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To The Editor:As chairman of the Publications Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), I was pleased to see a review of our book Musculoskeletal Medicine (2004;86: 1350). I was further pleased to see that the reviewer had noted the book's "pleasing breadth and depth of information" and had cited its clear writing, excellent illustrations, and very useful section on physical examination.It was disappointing, however, to read the reviewer's complaint that the book may frustrate primary care physicians or specialists. In Dr. Bernstein's preface, it was clearly stated that Musculoskeletal Medicine is a book for students written because "nearly half of American medical schools did not require a course in musculoskeletal medicine." Students often acquire information on musculoskeletal conditions in a piecemeal fashion on a variety of rotations. As the preface clearly states, this book was conceived as an overview providing an organizational structure "to help place concurrent observations, readings, and clinical experiences in perspective. It aims to serve as a springboard to further study and application. There are gaps in this book, no doubt, but they are unavoidable. To make things manageable, some detail had to be sacrificed."
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