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Mann’s Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

Michael J. Coughlin MD (Author), Charles L. Saltzman MD (Author), Robert B. Anderson MD (Author). pp. 2336. Mosby, 2013. ISBN: 978-0323072427.

The number of books on the foot and foot and ankle surgery has expanded considerably over the last 50 years. This book sets the gold standard. It has an excellent pedigree starting as a single volume, single author, book in 1959, which was written by Henri Du Vries a podiatrist, who later qualified as a doctor. He summarised his 30 years of experience in diagnosing and treating disorders, deformities and injuries of the foot. Now in its ninth edition Roger Mann, who edited all the editions from 1978 onwards, has handed over the reins to Michael Coughlin, Charles Saltzman and Robert Anderson and the book has been named after him in honour of his major contributions to the development of foot and ankle surgery. It is a tribute to Mann’s 75 or more fellowship programmes that evolved over his 45 years of private practice. There are ten sections starting with biomechanics which cover the whole spectrum of foot problems in children and adults, sports injuries and trauma. These are covered in detail with an emphasis on non-operative treatment first. It is luxuriously illustrated with many colour pictures. The 130 video clips of the various operative procedures (available online to anyone who has purchased the book) are clear, succinct, skillfully performed and add immeasurably to the use of the book. These are twice as many as with the previous edition where there were two discs. Combined with the text the videos provide an ideal method of learning. It is, for example, invaluable to watch Mann doing a triple arthrodesis, a procedure that is not all that commonly performed nowadays. There are five different examples of ankle arthroplasty.

This is a text no self-respecting surgeon interested in the foot and ankle can be without, despite its price.

There are however problems with bulky big books which the publishers must address. This edition has two volumes, the first massive and heavy and the second slighter and less bulky but just manageable for reading. A more equitable division of the text would make it easier to handle. It may need three volumes.

Reviewed by Leslie Klenerman