The editors of this text, who are acknowledged as experts in their field,
state that their book is intended "to address the obvious need for
education that exists with regard to shoulder and elbow arthroplasty."
They note the variable nature of the pathology encountered, the relative
infrequency with which most individual surgeons perform shoulder and elbow
arthroplasty, and the need for improved outcomes. The editors intend their
text to be used as a springboard for delving more deeply into information on
shoulder and elbow arthroplasty. Fifty-three experts, both well established
and emerging, have contributed to the text, which is organized into two parts
and six sections. The sections for both the shoulder and the elbow address
implant, technical, and disease-specific considerations in turn. Seventeen
chapters relate to the shoulder and fourteen, to the elbow.