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Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery

"Standard core text in podiatric education"

McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery

McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery (2-Volume Set)
Editors: Alan S. Banks, Michael S. Downey, Dennis E. Martin, Stephen J. Miller

Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 3rd edition (June 15, 2001); 2117 pages

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McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery is a standard core text in podiatric education, for those who specialize in managing the many problems of the foot and ankle.

McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery is intended as an in-depth, basic guide for students, researchers, and physicians, the first edition of this reference was published in 1987, and the second in 1992. Now updated to incorporate the latest thinking, the third edition is in two massive volumes and comprises 67 chapters. Coverage in McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery includes technical principles; perioperative management; fundamental conditions and procedures; first ray, hallux abducto valgus, and related deformities; compound deformities; major arthrodesis procedures; special surgery; trauma of the foot and leg; and postoperative complications and considerations.

Book review of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery from The Foot:

"It is now 10 years since the publication of the second edition. The third edition is now entitled McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery. This reflects the contribution made by McGlamry in initiating this publication, but also the advancement in rear foot surgery in the podiatric profession.
The intended audience is students, researchers and physicians. As the cost of the book is now approaching £300.00, it must contain sufficient new material to warrant institutions or individuals to upgrade the text if they already own the second edition.
There are roughly 100 contributors from the American Podiatric Establishment. I, therefore, feel that this textbook reflects the American Podiatry Professions approach to foot and ankle surgery, rather than a text which is a doctrine according to a small number of authors. It is easily recognised, as the layout and presentation is almost identical to the second edition. It is presented in two volumes and is well illustrated, but oh for some colour!
As one would expect, there are significant changes to the content to reflect the current practice. Surprisingly the chapter on radiology has been removed. I felt that this was probably an area that warranted expansion as literature on foot imaging is poorly covered especially since MRI and ultrasound are routinely used today. There was also no room for a chapter on sports injuries. I have read, in a previous unrelated book review, a comment that noted a lack of information on post-operative physical therapy to aid outcomes. This would have also been a valuable edition to this book. An existing chapter, on treatment of the diabetic foot was brief and in need of expansion.
Many chapters have been reviewed and expanded, notably the chapter on pes valgus which is now divided into two with the second section solely devoted to the treatment of tibialis posterior dysfunction. There is also a separate section for tarsal tunnel syndrome in the chapter for required neuropathies.
New chapters include haemostasis, osteochondroses and callus distraction.
In summary, this addition is enhanced by the revisions and expansions to many chapters and most current concepts of surgery are covered. However, I thought it strange that something like the Weil osteotomy is only briefly mentioned in this book and is best illustrated in a rival orthopaedic text.
That said I feel this is the best text on foot and ankle surgery available and is well worth the investment
." - GM Boon

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Further book review of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery

By Adam S. Landsman, DPM, PhD in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association

"McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot Surgery has long been regarded as the "bible of foot and ankle surgery." So when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I felt both honored and humbled. Readers who are familiar with this textbook and have relied on it for years will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and scope of this newest edition. When the first edition appeared in 1987, it was heralded as the definitive guide for podiatric surgeons. It was the one "must have" text for students, residents, and practicing physicians because it began at the most basic level, with chapters on instrumentation, surgical anatomy, diagnostic techniques, and the simplest of procedures. The fundamentals were enhanced by clear, stepwise directions for surgical techniques, and the book concluded with a glimpse of the most advanced surgical techniques. In short, it covered most of the material that podiatric surgeons needed to know on a daily basis.

The second edition of this book built on the first edition, primarily with organizational improvements, along with some refinement of the original text. The first edition was offered as a three-volume set (including the companion volume Fundamentals of Foot Surgery), while the second edition incorporated all subject matter into two larger volumes. However, there did not appear to be a tremendous amount of new information.

This third edition is significantly different from its two predecessors. Happily, the things that we have always liked about McGlamry’s have been retained. The chapters on fundamentals are still here, but have been refined. They are easier to read, offer clearer diagrams, and have been updated to reflect a broader range of concepts and instruments. The new structure blends fundamentals and surgical techniques more seamlessly than in previous editions. All of the chapters dealing with surgical fundamentals have been expanded and organized to make it easy to find specific information quickly. I particularly enjoyed the chapter dealing with external fixation, which demonstrated both callous distraction and stabilization techniques and highlighted the appropriate use of these procedures with excellent clinical photographs. Advances in biomaterials and biotechnology are also well reflected in the newest edition. Chapters on bone anchors and biomaterials give a contemporary perspective on some of the most "cutting-edge" techniques in use today.

As one progresses through the text, there is a sense that the complexity of the surgery discussed increases. The organization is also logical in that the text progresses from forefoot to rearfoot, and from simple to complex deformities. Sections dealing with ankle pathology have been notably expanded. Trauma is now addressed in 13 well-written chapters, including an excellent discussion on pediatric fracture management. The current edition also includes ten chapters that deal with "special surgery," including neuropathy, tumors, plastic surgical techniques, diabetic foot and limb salvage, and even arthroscopic techniques.

The current edition of McGlamry’s has notably improved photographs, radiographs, and diagrams. The drawings are clean and easy to understand. As was the case with previous editions, the current one offers extensive reference lists and supporting citations for all chapters. Also impressive is the sheer number and diversity of the contributing authors. Previous editions primarily showcased members of the Podiatry Institute, whereas the current authorship is truly diverse, with recognized experts drawn from a broad range of sources. This was no small feat: both the preface and the introduction discuss the difficulties that the editors encountered in drawing together such a diverse and prominent group of authors.

This third edition of McGlamry’s is a major step forward for the profession. Although it continues the work’s traditions of attention to detail, clarity, and concision, the information and its presentation have been dramatically updated and improved. The basics are still there, but advanced techniques figure much more prominently in this edition. Even podiatrists who have the earlier editions of McGlamry’s should treat themselves to the new one. It is an indispensable reference that offers enough new information to make it well worth the cost.

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