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Principles and Management of Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformities and Malformations

Vincent S. Mosca. pp.352 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1451130454

This is the first edition of a provocative and unusual book written by one of the most respected teachers and thinkers in children’s foot and ankle surgery. Dr Vincent Mosca distils nearly 3 decades of experience in the field, providing invaluable insight for professionals treating children's feet.  

The text is designed to be practical, accessible, and immediately applicable. The first half emphasises principles of treatment and holistic care. Dr Mosca defines a principle as ‘a basic generalization that is accepted as true and can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct’. This give the attentive reader the understanding required to make correct clinical decisions.

Special topics include rare iatrogenic and idiopathic deformities.

The second half of the book is dedicated to ‘how-to’ guides to soft tissue and bony procedural techniques.

The many full-colour annotated drawings and clinical photos are an extremely helpful adjunct to the detailed descriptions. Dr Mosca took many of the operative photographs himself.

The book is quite short, and comes with a bundled interactive eBook, offering tablet, smartphone, or online access to the complete content, with enhanced navigation.

Reviewed by Dr KL Liu