Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume:
Department of Orthopaedics, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Michael J. Strobel. New York: Springer; 2002. 1008 pages. $299.00
My immediate reaction is that this is a simple, straightforward, and high-quality book. It is printed on high-gloss paper, and the color illustrations are spectacular. The price of the book seems to be a bargain when one considers the wealth of information that is found between the covers. The book is arranged according to anatomic area. The chapter on each area is divided into a General Part and a Special Part. The General Part covers all of the basic information about the anatomic area and includes a recounting of the investigators who made critical observations promoting arthroscopic approaches to that area. Following the historical review, the present-day setup, equipment, indications, and portal anatomy are presented. The Special Part covers the arthroscopic diagnoses relating to the anatomic area. The procedures that are covered are well-accepted by experts in the field, and the author avoids controversial subjects. Arthroscopic surgeons at all levels of experience would benefit by having access to this book. The book's strongest points are the excellent organization; the straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations; and the arthroscopic illustrations, which are some of the best that I have ever seen.