By: 10 April 2017
BOOK REVIEW – Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma

Firas Arnaout reviews Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma

Authors: Gavin Bowden, Martin McNally, Simon Thomas &

Alexander Gibson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Format: Flexicover, 656 pages

ISBN: 978-0-19856958-9

The Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma offers all those with an interest in the field the practical and up-to-date information needed for clinical practice. It presents the essentials of orthopaedics and trauma in a concise and user-friendly style for use with patients, in the operating room and in tutorials.

As well as covering the principles of practice and conditions in both adult and paediatric orthopaedics and trauma – including perioperative care, biomaterials and rehabilitation – it also contains a comprehensive overview of anatomy and surgical approaches. Emergency topics are highlighted for quick access and the appendix provides information on common drugs in orthopaedics and trauma, as well as fracture diagrams.

This book provides an evidence-based synopsis of contemporary care, while  treatment information is extensively referenced with further reading materials, providing a structured basis for all levels of training.

Helpful illustrations and diagrams guide the reader, aiding the understanding of movements and anatomical relationships, which are of particular importance in establishing a diagnosis.

The book is clearly laid out and written in a readable, note-based style. Blank pages are included for the reader, so that notes, observations and local protocols can be added to the handbook.

To summarise, this is an accessible and informative companion that is concise and suitable for all levels in an easy to carry handbook.