Clinical Orthopaedic Examination, by Ronald McCrae, is a concise, generously illustrated text outlining the physical examination of the limbs and spine. The format of this paperback is to devote separate chapters on individual body parts, with illustrations describing the manner of examination and pertinent physical findings. Special attention is given the brachial plexuses and segmental innervation of the lower extremities. In addition, a final chapter deals with the roentgenographic appearance of various musculoskeletal diseases.
Brief, relatively inexpensive, and with a minimal amount of extraneous information, this text contains a level of instruction that would be most helpful to medical students, junior house officers, and nonorthopedic practitioners. While it does not pretend to be a definitive work on the subject, it succeeds in presenting a sound approach to the clinical orthopedic examination.
Since this manual seemed to be designed either for nonorthopedic surgeons or residents, this review is being presented by