Ideally, textbooks should give an up-to-date complete summary of the
literature, providing clinicians with the information they need to make
treatment decisions with their patients. Textbooks, however, often provide an
incomplete review of the literature and are heavily influenced by the opinions
of the author. The Evidence for Orthopaedic Surgery offers a welcome
new approach to an orthopaedic textbook. The book is based on systematic
reviews of the literature, with a focus on the highest quality evidence.
Levels of evidence are assigned to many of the studies discussed. Each chapter
has a useful table of recommendations, allowing the reader to quickly access
the conclusions of the chapter. More importantly, the recommendations are
graded, thus providing some sense of the strength of evidence supporting the
recommendations. Some of the chapters on selected topics in this book are
among the best that have been written.