“This is an interesting little book, written as part of the expanding Pocket
Notebook series now covering several specialties, and is presented in ring
binder format, with hard covers designed to stand up to the rigors of being
pulled in and out of residents' pockets frequently while working on the wards
and inpatient and outpatient settings.
The purpose is to reflect current approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of a
number of common and more complex foot and ankle conditions. Pocket references
in any specialty are always going to be a useful addition and be of value to
those in postgraduate training programs. For the most part, the objectives are
met. The limitation with any book of this size is deciding what to include and
what to leave out. Overall, this one does a comprehensive job.
The book is clearly aimed at those in training, and most specifically will be of
use to podiatric residents and fellows in the U.S., but possibly to students,
too. Overall, the contributors seem to be mostly clinical and either in training themselves or
involved in postgraduate training, but there is a good balance of contributions
from both orthopedic and podiatric perspectives, which is encouraging to see.
The best feature of this book is its practical design. It is easy to access the
information it contains and it will stand up to the abuses of three years of
postgraduate residency training. The book is organized by either very broad or
very specific topics pertinent to clinical podiatry. Each section is well
outlined and numbered at the top of each page. The weaknesses are several.
There is no use of color plates, which would have been useful for the
dermatology section, but would no doubt adversely affect cost. There are some
areas that are not mentioned, in particular peripheral vascular disease (both
arterial and venous).”
Weighted Numerical Score: 76 - 3 Stars
Doodys Publishers' Club, July 2018