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Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Hand and Wrist
Barry J. Gainor, MD1
1 University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, Missouri
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James R. Doyle. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2006. 259 pages. $99.00.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 Jul 01;88(7):1687-1688
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This book, which is one in a series of eight monographs, is designed to present a basic fund of knowledge for managing common hand and wrist problems that may be encountered in the emergency department or outpatient clinic. The target audience is the junior resident physician who is rotating on the subspecialty services for the first time. The text does not delve into the complex scenarios of advanced topics, such as reconstruction of the rheumatoid hand or arthroplasty of the basilar joint of the thumb, as these subjects are in the realm of senior residents and fellows. The author's goal is to equip the reader with enough knowledge to provide effective primary care and to recognize major injuries and those that need immediate help, such as the so-called spaghetti wrist or a hand that has been minced by an industrial or agricultural implement. Physical examination is taught so that the reader will think of horses and not zebras when confronted with the proverbial hoofbeats. The treatment strategies are outlined not as road maps but rather as compass points to management, and the strategies should be readily comprehensible by interested interns and medical students. The text serves best as a study guide and core curriculum for any junior plastic surgery or orthopaedic resident for whom Green's hefty two-volume compendium is too much, too soon. Senior residents and fellows are expected to explore original articles far beyond the scope of this monograph.
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