Dynamic Chiropractic - March 13, 1995, Volume 13, Issue 06

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Keith Innes, DC

Title: Physical Examination of the Spine Extremities

Author: Stanley Hoppenfeld, MD

Publisher: Appleton and Lange

Publication: hard cover, 276 pages

Category: Doctor education

Dr. Stanley Hoppenfeld is an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery, director of scoliosis service, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; deputy director of orthopedic surgery, attending physician, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center; and associate attending physician, Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, N.Y.

This is a hard back text of 276 pages and nine chapters with both a comprehensive bibliography and an index. Each of the nine chapters is specific to a particular region beginning with the shoulder joint and progressing to the elbow, wrist and hand, and cervical spine and TMJ, the gait cycle, hip and pelvis, knee, foot and ankle, and terminating with the lumbar spine.

At a cursory glance this text appears to be very superficial and without meaningful substance, however do not be misled by this illusion of exquisite simplicity the contents of which are complex and clinically significant to all students and doctors of chiropractic.

This is an extremely well-known and respected text, and has been utilized in most of the chiropractic colleges since its inception in 1976. The real beauty of this text is that it provides the reader with a complete review of the art of examination and palpation of the spine and extremities with respect to where these structures really are. Students or doctors who master the contents of this text will find their ability to diagnose and differentially diagnose will be enhanced significantly. Diagnosis is really a function of applying one's knowledge of anatomy and there are few if any texts that remotely approach the simplistic methodology and logical reasoning that Dr. Hoppenfeld has imparted into his work.

The illustrations, of which there are hundreds, are clear, concise, and precise in all respects and there is an spontaneity of understanding that is achieved when one looks at the various illustrations. The concept that a picture is worth a thousand words has been mastered in this text, and in harmony with this is the written text that accompanies each illustration. One of the most appealing aspects of the written text portion is that it contains only relevant facts appurtenant to not only the illustrations but to the reason the text was written in the first place, and that was to create excellence in the pursuit of clinical competence in the physical examination of the spine and extremities.

This is a text that no one should be without.

Innes Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Stephen Savoie, DC

Title:        The Pioneer Chiropractic Educators
Publication:  Poster
Publisher:    Association for the History of Chiropractic
Telephone:    1-800-722-2586 ext. 633
Fax:          (319) 326-9897
Address:      1000 Brady Street
              Davenport, IA 52803
Attn:         Alana Callender
Category:     patient education, history

In this our centennial year there can be no more appropriate subject than honoring those who pioneered our profession. Although all of us are educators when explaining to our patients what chiropractic is and how it can be beneficial to their well-being, these were the first "educators."

This is a beautiful poster done in sepia and black honoring seven pioneering educators in chiropractic: D.O. Carver; Solon M. Langworthy; B.J. Palmer; John A. Howard; Willard Carver; T.F. Ratledge; and Joy Loban. The poster also contains text discussing the chiropractic centennial and how important these pioneers were to the early development of the profession.

I believe if they are suitably framed, these posters would be most appropriate for display in every chiropractor's office. This type of poster will generate questions about the centennial and our profession's growth. Priced at $20, this is very reasonable priced, and the proceeds go to help the work of the Association for the History of Chiropractic.

Savoie rating: 10