and Ankle Pearls
cases that examine foot and ankle disorders"
& Ankle Pearls
Editor: Richard Jay
& Belfus; 1st edition (December 15, 2001); 159 pages
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the format of the Pearls series, Foot and Ankle Pearls
comprises 75 patient cases that examine foot and
ankle disorders. A detailed clinical vignette, accompanied
by a photo or radiograph, is presented. The reader is encouraged
to consider a differential diagnosis and formulate a plan
for diagnosis and treatment. The subsequent pages reveal the
diagnosis and the method by which it was reached, and discuss
the patient's course. Each case concludes with three or four
clinical pearls. The case presentations in The Pearls series
provide valuable information not readily available in standard
textbooks. The problem-oriented approach in Foot and
Ankle Pearls, ideal for independent study and/or
board review, encourages the reader to consider a differential
diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. Foot &
Ankle Pearls is also 'interactive' in that the reader,
based on the information represented (usually relating to
a pain syndrome), is asked to make a diagnosis. The diagnosis
is later revealed and discussed.
of Foot & Ankle Pearls:
* Heavily illustrated,
with high-quality images
* Ideal for reader self-testing
* Discussions explain and elaborate
* Highly qualified editor of Foot and Ankle Pearls is also
a Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and
Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
* Authors all currently active in the field
* Key references allow easy reader pursuit of additional information
Review of Foot
and Ankle Pearls from Current Orthopaedics (Volume 17, Issue
4 , August 2003 , Page 330)
book contains 70 case histories, each 2–3 pages long,
following a set format. The first page gives an abbreviated
history followed by a question regarding the diagnosis or
management plan. The second page starts with the diagnosis
and continues with a discussion covering the aetiology, pathology,
clinical features, investigations, treatment and outcome.
The book takes its name from the box at the end of the discussion
containing two to six key points or `pearls'. Each chapter
ends with several references.
This format works well, with enough information in the history
to make a diagnosis and a thorough discussion from which the
key points are taken. This provides an effective and interesting
way to learn.
A minor criticism is that the American author uses terms such
as Fahrenheit and BUN, as well as some classifications and
treatments that are different from those routinely used in
the UK. However, the main weakness is with the illustrations.
Some plain X-rays are poorly reproduced and the same clinical
photograph has been used for two cases with different diagnoses.
Only two-thirds of the cases are illustrated and the remainder
would be improved by them.
In terms of content, both adult and paediatric conditions
are covered with most common diseases included along with
some rarities. In particular, Diabetes Mellitus is well covered
and the atypical organisms found in foot infections are emphasised."
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