Trauma and Orthopaedics at a Glance PDF
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This compact book provides a general overview of the most common orthopaedic problems encountered on wards and in clinics. It is not an exhaustive tome, but will furnish the reader with key facts on which to base further reading. It is also suitable as a revision guide for medical school finals.
Orthopaedics is a fascinating and hugely varied speciality. The patients range from newborn infants to the elderly. The pathologies vary from minor aches and pains to life‐threatening trauma. Orthopaedic operations are hands‐on procedures, combining knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. Working as a junior doctor in orthopaedics should be one of the best jobs of the foundation years: there is something for everyone. Those leaning towards a future in general medicine will enjoy managing the many medical conditions encountered on the ward, while those looking to a career as a GP will have the opportunity to learn about the myriad musculoskeletal injuries that we treat. Finally, those intending to pursue a career as a surgeon will have the opportunity to acquire surgical skills in theatre.
Sadly, many medical schools still spend far too little time teaching orthopaedics. This speciality is quite different from any other. The nature of the work is unique and the terminology is different. It is often the first time many foundation doctors are given significant responsibility on the wards.
In addition, new doctors will be expected to present cases in the morning trauma meetings, invariably a harrowing experience at first. Therefore many junior doctors start their foundation job feeling underprepared. This book addresses that deficit. It is aimed at senior medical students and foundation doctors, though those in other professions such as nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists will find it helpful. I would suggest that foundation doctors spend around 15 minutes on each chapter, and read two every day. By the end of the first month you will have read the whole book and have a good understanding of the main conditions you are likely to encounter.
I have followed the proven at a Glance format: full‐page illustrations are paired with concise text. There are six sections:
basic sciences; adult orthopaedics; paediatric orthopaedics; trauma; a section for a junior doctor in orthopaedics and finally a simple guide on performing a selected range of practical procedures. The last two sections are unique and will be helpful to those starting out in clinical orthopaedics. I have tried to use as many X‐rays as possible throughout, all taken from real patients with genuine problems. The online material consists of multiple‐choice questions and case studies, which will help reinforce knowledge.
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