Textbook of Orthopaedics by Prakash P Kotwal, Mayilvahanan Natarajan. First edition. Elsevier: New Delhi. 2005. Pp XVI + 384 with numerous diagrams. ISBN: 13: 97881-8147-566-4.
This is a book for undergraduates, written by two extremely well regarded individuals in the orthopaedic fraternity. The book is organized into 33 chapters with a comprehensive index at the back. It is written keeping in mind the fresh undergraduate who has little knowledge of the subject. As such each chapter begins with relevant anatomy and builds up from that point. Important principles are illustrated with line diagrams and relevant radiographs and important information relevant to examinations is summarized in a box.
The undergraduate reading through the chapter can easily grasp the essentials as the information is logically presented, lucid and simple devoid of jargon.
The book effectively deals with common orthopaedic diseases, fractures, soft tissue injuries. It also contains important descriptive chapters on clinical examination, practical skills and orthopaedic treatments.
In spite of their imminence in this field the authors have taken care that the reader is not overwhelmed with information but at the same time is current with the state of the art as it exists today. The interested reader will find the index very useful.
The quality of reproduction of both the line diagrams and radiographs is exceptional as is the printing. I am sure the undergraduate student will find the book useful and enlightening.