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Arthroplasty Today. 2016 December; 2(4): 221.
Published online 2016 November 17. doi:  10.1016/j.artd.2016.09.007
PMCID: PMC5247558

Book Review

Reviewed by Brian J. McGrory, MD, MS*

Mark D. Miller, MD, Stephen R. Thompson, MD, MEd, FRCSC Miller's Review of Orthopaedics 7th ed. 2016 Elsevier Philadelphia 891 $99.99

The seventh edition of Miller's Review of Orthopaedics is a single-volume compendium produced in an effort to synthesize and update “must-know” orthopaedic surgery concepts for the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam, Board Certification, and Maintenance of Certification. The 23 contributors to this book represent orthopaedic surgeons of varied disciplines, educators, researchers, athletic trainers, and 2 orthopaedic residents. Together these contributors have produced 13 chapters and almost 900 pages of outlines and illustrations that cover every conceivable topic, from basic science to principles of practice.

In the preface, the editors explain that this edition is a team effort, with most of the authors chosen from the Miller Review Course. All of the chapters have undergone major revisions from the previous editions. The “Adult Reconstruction” chapter is now divided into different hip and knee arthroplasty sections, similar to the review course.

The book is organized into 13 chapters with multiple sections in each. For the Adult Reconstruction surgeon, many of the chapters have relevant review topics that can be accessed easily: Basic Science, Anatomy, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Pathology, Rehabilitation, Principles of Practice and Biostatistics and Research Design. Chapter 5, the Adult Reconstruction chapter, spans 78 pages and encompasses 19 hip and knee topics. Contributors Edward J. McPherson, MD, James A. Browne, MD, and Stephen R. Thompson, MD, Med FRCSC, author this section which succinctly summarizes the subspecialty topics with up-to-date information, excellent summary tables, clearly labeled and well-chosen radiographs, and outstanding illustrations. Of note, the format used does not reference concepts in a bibliography for the interested reader; readers must research concepts to find sources on their own.

This review book is helpful for the practitioner, but for the examinee, the volume is invaluable. In addition to the excellent illustrations and tables, each chapter ends with a succinct “Testable Concepts” section. Brief by design, these sections may act as final review notes for the examinee. Clever memorization tools, like Chapter 1's “Arthrodesis Man,” will become resident favorites. This is an entire skeleton with ideal joint fusion parameters summarized, formulated in response to the common arthrodesis questions asked each year on the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam. Another excellent feature of the book is that the eBook version is included at no additional charge. The jacket contains a scratch code, which allows the purchaser to unlock the eBook to “browse and find content, view enhanced images, (and) share notes and highlights.”

The seventh edition of Miller's Review of Orthopaedics is an outstanding review manual that has been improved compared to prior editions. Residents and fellows will reference the book regularly and find it indispensable for exam preparation. Seasoned practitioners will find useful information at their fingertips concerning uncommon clinical problems as well thorough reviews of topics for Maintenance of Certification preparation.

Footnotes

One or more of the authors of this paper have disclosed potential or pertinent conflicts of interest, which may include receipt of payment, either direct or indirect, institutional support, or association with an entity in the biomedical field which may be perceived to have potential conflict of interest with this work. For full disclosure statements refer to http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.artd.2016.09.007.

Appendix A. Supplementary data

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