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Musculoskeletal Imaging by T. W. Sadler, Felix S. Chew, Leim T. Bui-Mansfield (The Core Curriculum: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers) Textbook presents the general principles of skeletal radiology. Covers musculoskeletal trauma, tumors, joint disease, developmental and congenital conditions, infection and marrow disease, and interventional procedures. For radiologists and residents.

The ranges of pathology and individual variation in the skeleton are too vast for sheer memorization and pattern recognition. One is better able to appreciate abnormalities on images when one understands how the radiologic findings mirror the underlying condi­tions. For trauma, this requires some familiarity with biomechanics; for oncology, an appreciation of radiologic-pathologic correlation; and for developmental conditions, an understanding of skeletal growth, maturation, and functional adaptation. In the 14 years since the publication of my first textbook of skeletal radiology, the wider application and further refinement of MRI and CT have continued to reduce the role of radiography in musculoskeletal imaging. Inferential diagnosis on the basis of radiologic signs has lost ground to the deliberate demonstration of specific anatomic and pathophysiologic features of disease. The choice and specific performance of examinations has become particularly dependent on clinical context. It is no longer sufficient to react to an image with a list of differential diagnoses; rather, one must consider the clinically relevant possibilities and devise strategies for distinguishing among them with certainty.

The Core Curriculum: Musculosheletal Imaging is a single unified textbook that teaches general principles of skeletal radiology that are applicable regardless of imaging modality. Organized into four parts, this book presents the core knowledge base in musculoskeletal imaging necessary for a radiology resident. Part I covers musculoskeletal trauma, begin­ning with an approach to trauma and concluding with separate chapters describing trauma to the upper and lower extremities in adults, trauma to the adult spine, trauma in children, and fracture healing and treatment. Part II covers tumors and tumor-like lesions, beginning with an approach to bone lesions and concluding with separate chapters on malignant and aggressive tumors, benign lesions, and metastatic tumors. Part III covers joint disease, beginning with an approach to joint disease and concluding with separate chapters on inflammatory arthritis and noninflammatory joint disease. Part IV covers miscellaneous topics, including chapters on developmental and congenital conditions; metabolic, endo­crine, and nutritional conditions; infection and marrow disease; and postsurgical musculoskeletal imaging. The final chapter covers interventional procedures in musculoskeletal radiology. Although this book is intended specifically for radiologists and radiologists in training, it is also suitable for practitioners and trainees in all fields who deal with the diag­nosis and management of musculoskeletal disease.

The book is divided into four parts. The six chapters of Part I are devoted to trauma, properly reflecting the frequency with which skeletal injuries are encountered and the over­riding importance of imaging in the diagnosis and management of fractures and dislocations. The first chapter gives an excellent background to the clinical and biomechanical consider­ations. The next three chapters address injuries of the upper extremity; spine, thoracic cage, and pelvis; and lower extremity, respectively. Chapter 5 describes the distinctive nature of skeletal trauma in children, and Chapter 6 describes imaging of fracture treatment and heal­ing. Part II begins with a discussion of the clinical features and imaging approach to lesions of bone. These lesions are then enumerated individually and described in separate chapters on malignant and benign lesions. The final chapter is justifiably devoted to the frequently encountered clinical problem of metastatic disease to the skeleton, and it emphasizes the pri­mary role of imaging techniques in detection and management. Part III covers joint disease, beginning with a description of basic clinical and pathologic features. An overall approach to the radiology of arthritis is presented, followed by chapters on inflammatory arthritis and noninflammatory joint disease. In separate chapters, Part IV describes developmental and congenital conditions; metabolic, endocrine, and nutritional conditions; and infections of the bones, joints, and soft tissues. There follows a chapter on postsurgical imaging that includes a thorough discussion of the use of imaging in joint replacement, a topic of particular interest to Dr. Chew, with a concluding chapter on diagnostic and interventional procedures.

It is all here. I commend this book to all residents in diagnostic radiology, indeed to all students of skeletal disease. Medical students with an interest in diagnostic radiology, ortho­pedic surgery, or rheumatology would certainly benefit from its contents. Experienced radi­ologists will find it a great refresher and undoubtedly gain new insights into musculoskeletal diseases and pick up several useful pointers on musculoskeletal imaging along the way. Teachers of skeletal radiology will discover that the approaches developed and the excellent tables and figures can be of considerable value in preparing their own presentations.

Human Anatomy & Physiology (5th Edition) by Elaine Marieb (Benjamin Cummings Prentice Hall) An engaging writing style and meticulous attention to students' learning needs have continually set Human Anatomy and Physiology apart. Now the new Fourth Edition goes even further to engage students by incorporating many new features, such as a free Study Partner CD-ROM, a website, student study tips, and enhanced pedagogy and art program. Used by more than half a million students, this market-leading text is designed to meet the diverse and changing needs of today's students and instructors. Based on their input, the fourth edition integrates numerous new pedagogical features-student study tips, chapter introductions, technology links, a new digital art program, and an interactive Study Partner CD-ROM. At the same time, the fourth edition covers the latest scientific research, including information on the causes of obesity, the impact of two BRACA genes on invasive breast cancer, and the role of P. Aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. Elaine Marieb continues to emphasize interrelationships of body organ systems, homeostasis, and complementarity of structure and function. The retouched art and new pedagogical features reflect the textbook's recent induction into the digital age. Brand new to this edition are the student study tips<-->creative ways to cope with the huge volume of information presented. The CD-ROM is an animated interactive study tool with case studies and images

Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity by Shirl J. Hoffman (Disk edition) (Human Kinetics) Introduction to Kinesiology Graphics edited by Shirl J. Hoffman and Janet Harris CD-ROM (Human Kinetics) This textbook for undergraduate students addresses the discipline of kinesiology, including the role of physical activity and its relationship to kinesiology; the academic subdisciplines of kinesiology; and the professional experience and various possible careers in the physical activity fields. Includes learning objectives, interactive exercises, and study questions.

I have read several weight training books over the past few months and this is the best one I have seen so far. It is rough going in spots because of the technical language used by the authors; however, the explanations are wonderful and the pictures are nothing less than outstanding. Numerous charts and graphs help the reader understand the text. So much of what is written about bodybuilding and weight training is fluff, not backed up by true research. In this publication the authors are careful to use only the best research findings and they are excellent at saying when something is thought to be proven verses actually proven.

The computer edition makes adapting graphs and other aspects of this comprehensive text more assessable. The CD-ROM provides many detailed visual graphics to grasping the dynamics of movement through seeing action in motion. It brings kinesiology to a proper visual medium and is essential to the theorical models described in the text.


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