A textbook should introduce biological basis of bone and joint diseases and algorithm
of diagnosis and treatment to the readers. It should encompass the evolution of diagnosis
and treatment principles over centuries to develop a sound foundation for future research.
This textbook was originally written as one volume by Samuel L Turek, which was read
by me also. Later on, the book was expanded into two-volume multiauthored book, titled
“Orthopaedics – Principles and their applications.” This book was last edited in 1981
but continued to be considered as a basic resource material for postgraduate training
by the most of the teaching units in the country.
The updation of textbook edited by esteemed editor Samuel L Turek is a daunting task.
Orthopedics has taken tremendous strides and new modalities of treatment have developed
since the last edition (36 years ago). It is creditable to have accepted this responsibility
by the present Chief Editor. He has been able to maintain the format and flavor of
the original book in this 7th edition. Orthopedic ailments have been described systematically
under the subheading of pathogenesis, imaging, diagnosis, and conservative and operative
treatment. The imaging has evolved and many new modalities such as magnetic resonance
imaging, positron emission tomography scan, and ultrasonography have been used extentively
during the last two decades; hence, a new chapter has been added. Distraction osteogenesis
as a treatment principle was inducted to orthopedics later, hence was also included
as new chapter. Most of the topics have been updated while a few have been rewritten.
Volume 1 includes the basic science chapters such as development of the skeleton,
histology of cartilage, bone and skeletal muscles, physiology of cartilage, and mineralization
of bone. Part 2 of Volume I includes general orthopedic conditions. It details metabolic
bone diseases and related dysfunction, bone infections, diseases of joints, and congenital
and developmental conditions. The orthopedic neurology has been updated while chapters
on bone tumor and skeletal metastasis are rewritten.
Volume 2 has 15 chapters. Part 3 covers the regional orthopedic conditions starting
from cervical spine, cevicobrachial region, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee,
foot, and back. The chapters on shoulder, elbow, and knee are updated while back,
cervical spine, wrist, hand, and hip are vastly modified. Part 4 includes three new
introduced topics (a) distraction osteogenesis, (b) skin grafts and flaps in orthopedics,
and (c) imaging in orthopedics. Old figures from basic science chapters are retained
and new pictures and illustrations are added. It had a section of 63 collar plates
with color diagrams.
This book has been written with lucid language. Most of the writeups are based on
the personal clinical observations on a vast number of patients in various stages
of natural history of disease by authors. The Editor-in-Chief has been able to maintain
the style with minimal repetition which usually happens with multiauthored books.
I am sure the book will fill the void of a textbook for trainees in orthopedics as
well as practicing orthopedic surgeons and will prove to be a useful addition in personal
and institutional libraries of medical colleges.