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Operative Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Gerald R. Williams and Matthew L. Ramsey pp. 423 Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4511-0264-2

This book is not just a how-to reference to consult when you are planning to operate on a condition for the first time. It is also go-to book to refresh your memory of the anatomy, pathology, clinical findings, imaging and non-operative management of the shoulder.

Operative techniques in shoulder and elbow surgery is very clearly written in a bullet point style, with excellent diagrams and good illustrative pre-operative photographs. It begins with a helpful revision of the anatomy from shoulder to elbow, followed by the various surgical approaches and their modifications. It then covers the surgery of all the common soft tissue and bony injuries from the shoulder (including the scapula) to the elbow. Different techniques are compared and useful pearls and pitfalls highlighted. Shoulder and elbow arthroplasty are also clearly described. There are, however, only two references to arthroscopic surgery as a method of stabilising recurrent posterior dislocation of the shoulder and in the treatment of the snapping scapula. At the end of the book there is a useful illustrated description of examination techniques.

Only one minor error caught the eye, on p.33; Bankhart is described as a British pathologist rather than a Middlesex Hospital surgeon!

This is a readable and instructive textbook for both the trainee and the established upper limb surgeon.

P. Baird

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