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Operative Orthopaedics: the Stanmore Guide

Edited by Timothy Briggs, Jonathan Miles and William Astonpp. 314 London: Hodder Arnold, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-340-985-007

The Stanmore Guide provides brief instruction aimed at junior trainees, covering elective orthopaedic surgical procedures. Each topic is approached in a clear and consistent fashion, providing evidence-based surgical options and useful references. The small size of the book, however, prevents comprehensive descriptions of each topic.

The first chapter on the use of anaesthesia in orthopaedic surgery acts as a revision tool for the junior orthopaedic surgeon but lacks some basic details, such as dosage, guidelines for local anaesthesia and some of the local infiltration techniques used to ease rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the range of motion, upon which the optimal positions for arthrodesis for each joint is defined. There are useful sections on "consent" and the risk of complications. The tumour section, as one would expect, is well written in a logical fashion.

This is a well-written albeit brief guide to operative orthopaedics. It constitutes an ideal introduction to elective orthopaedic surgery for the junior trainee and a very useful revision tool for those senior trainees who are approaching the "exit" exam. In particular, the viva voce questions and the sections covering consent and risks in the structured approach will be extremely useful for the trainee facing an oral exam in any other subjects covered.

R. S. Jones

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