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Medical Orthopedics: Conservative Management of Musculoskeletal Impairments

Berry, Michael J. Ph.D., FACSM, Book Review Editor

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: January 2004 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 178
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Author: Cailliet, Rene, MD, Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 1-579-47409-8, American Medical Association, 2004, $69.95) 217 pages, soft cover. Subjects: Orthopedics, Rheumatology., Reviewed by:Edward Abraham, MD, (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)

DESCRIPTION: This softcover book covers the nonsurgical aspects of dealing with patients with musculoskeletal disorders. PURPOSE: The purpose is to help readers understand how normal function is impaired by a given disorder and it suggest some conservative remedies. These objectives are met in general for the most part. AUDIENCE: The book is written mainly for physicians and medical students. Primary care physicians are a good target audience. The author, Rene Cailliet, MD, Professor Emeritus at University of Southern California School of Medicine is a physiatrist, who is qualified to write on this topic. FEATURES: The book is divided into 13 chapters which touches on a diverse number of disorders. The unique feature of the book are the abundant visual aids used to explain normal and abnormal function. ASSESSMENT: This book is easy to read and to understand. It does not have any new information and it does not discuss surgical options a physician may want to review with a patient. The material is factually accurate. A general practitioner or a medical student can learn a lot about the musculoskeletal system from this well thought out work. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 75

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