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Musculoskeletal trauma: a guide to assessment and diagnosis

Luk, E. Lukea; Graham, Colin A.b

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: February 2013 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 68
doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e3283573130

aChristchurch Public Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand

bDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Musculoskeletal trauma is common in the emergency department and primary care setting. For the treatment of these cases, clinicians require core knowledge of basic anatomy together with an understanding of the various implications of injury. In addition, the ability to perform an appropriate clinical assessment and interpret radiographic imaging are essential.

This book provides practical information for the day-to-day care of musculoskeletal trauma. The first few chapters of the book offer a brief introduction to the musculoskeletal system, featuring basic details on core topics. This is followed by individual chapters covering different parts of the body and provides an informative guide to the patient care pathway. The brief anatomical overviews along with typical presentations and clinical assessments are useful at the emergency department bedside, whereas the information on radiographic imaging plus common injuries and underlying mechanisms helps the reader to formulate the most likely diagnosis. The classification systems for diagnoses that aid communication with other healthcare providers are particularly useful.

‘Musculoskeletal trauma: a guide to assessment and diagnosis’ serves its principal purpose well: it is a practical guide for musculoskeletal trauma care. Comprehensive material supporting clinical decision-making can be found throughout this book. In addition, full lists of references and relevant further reading are provided to enable further exploration of specific topics. It could be improved further by better labeling of some of the radiological images to enhance the reader’s understanding of underlying anatomy and pathological appearances. This book provides a fundamental overview for medical professionals who frequently encounter musculoskeletal patients and it is recommended for clinicians who require a concise revision text or individuals who want a brief introduction to musculoskeletal trauma.

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