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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 231
Babhulkar's short textbook of orthopedics and traumatology

Department of Orrthopaedics, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Date of Web Publication8-Mar-2017

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Bhargava R. Babhulkar's short textbook of orthopedics and traumatology. Indian J Orthop 2017;51:231

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Editor: Sudhir Babhulkar and Sushrut Babhulkar

Published: Tree Life Media, Mumbai (Division of Kothari Medical), Mumbai

2016, ISBN: 978-93-83989-22-5, P. 852

The book carries the pattern of two excellent books for undergraduates which I studied “A system of Orthopaedics and Fractures” by A. Graham Apley and the twin books “Outline of Orthopaedics” and “Outline of Fractures including joint injuries” by J Crawford Adams. The authors have made it clear in the preface that the book is meant for undergraduate students.

As with any “Short Textbook,” the danger is wafting over and dealing perfunctorily with some topics, the worst served being biomechanics and applied anatomy, something which the authors have avoided by introducing separate chapter on biomechanics in general and of individual joints. The chapter on imaging suffers from this deficiency of very summarily dealt with imaging techniques and special studies.

The section on orthopedics has topics that have been reasonably adequately discussed in individual chapters. These include pyogenic osteomyelitis, osteoarticular tuberculosis, osteonecrosis of femoral head, poliomyelitis and common deformities in children. Each topic is dealt with under the heads of etiology, clinical features, pathology and radiology, investigations desirable, differential diagnosis where relevant and treatment, both conservative and operative. The gait forms a part of the chapter on affections of the epiphysis, whereas to my mind, it would be more relevant when treated in conjunction with poliomyelitis. The chapter on the musculoskeletal tumors could have been a little more elaborate, even though it is meant for the undergraduate.

The section on trauma is more elaborate and in depth covers general trauma including splints and traction and recent advances in fracture fixation with a chapter on complications of fractures. These chapters are followed by an extensive coverage of trauma in the upper and lower limb with an analysis of the commonly encountered fractures and ligament injuries, each with its classification, imaging and diagnosis, and nonoperative and operative treatment modalities, with a word about complications. There is a separate chapter on spinal injuries as well. The book also has a section on examination of the joints. It concludes with a collection of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), which is I wonder, is of doubtful utility considering the plethora of books available purely on MCQs.

The book is a fair reading for the undergraduate, although it seems to merit some regrouping and some elaboration of the subject matter, in some parts.

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Rakesh Bhargava
Department of Orrthopaedics, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/ortho.IJORTHO_506_16

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