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Trauma and orthopaedic surgery 

Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
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Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0040
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date: 17 August 2019

This chapter on trauma and orthopaedics covers musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, infections, tumours, and congenital and degenerative diseases. The chapter is well structured, describing conditions seen commonly in clinic, in the emergency department, and in theatre. It highlights important cases to see during medical school, both in emergency and elective theatres, as well as key investigations to observe. It reiterates consideration of past medical history and a holistic approach to the patient rather than dealing with only a focus on pain or joint problems. It reviews improvement of quality of life. It also discusses common conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, providing a table to clearly differentiate between the two. This chapter includes clear pictorial principles of orthopaedic management, and a clear system for describing X-rays systematically.

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