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Musculoskeletal Medicine for Undergraduates

Gourishankar Patnaik

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96 pages. Orthopedics as a subject has been neglected since the inception of thissubject in the undergraduate curriculum. However seeing an increasingsurge in the number of musculoskeletal diseases it has been rightly givenadditional time and weightage. However , the subject being a vast one itbecomes necessary for the medical student to have a concise yet desiredunderstanding , the student is expected to learn everything about certaincommon conditions and some not so common orthopedic problems. Thetopics on common subjects like orthopedic mattress, bed sores, andcongenital anomalies like osteogenesis imperfect are really important in ourpractice but dont find a mention during usual lecture classes. The present series of topics discussed in subsequent chapters throw weighton certain topics of interest which the average medical student will findinterested in. Musculoskeletal medicine as such is hugely popular withmedical students because students find the conditions practically in theireveryday life. The lecture topics selected here represent similar topics whichare usually not covered in didactical lectures yet are important for medicalstudents to understand. The topics included are the musculoskeletalmanifestations in pregnancy . Also covered are the important topic of pain inneck which can vary from being a vague pain to the more sinister pain due tosome deep seated pathology like malignancy. The section on yoga and sportsphysiotherapy shed recent ideas in these newer fields. Medicine is one field which has undergone a drastic change in the last few decades. With the advent of new technologies for diagnostics, surgery, and pharmaceutical science, it is evident that for humanity as a whole, mortality as well as morbidity rates has fallen drastically. For those who have access to modern medicine, disease in most cases has become a minor irritant in ones life. And yet, and this is what is fascinating, with all the tremendous advances in medicine, at the core, the situation seems pretty much like it must have been centuries ago. The relationship between the patient and the healer does not seem to have really changed that much at all. This relationship is a very unequal one. The doctor is supposed to know it all. You place an enormous amount of trust and faith in his knowledge and capability. In fact, as medicine becomes more advanced, this relationship becomes more and more asymmetrical. In my case, here I was, questioning the doctors about my patients disease, reading up on the disease and its treatment in books and on the net. Thus, I was by no means an ignorant bystander. I was very much involved in the treatment. Questioning the doctors on his blood gases, his medication, the side effects, and so on. But even with all this awareness, the ultimate destiny so to say of the patient was very much in the doctors hands. The faith that I had to have in his capability had to be almost total. In this respect, I feel that I was not very different from the poor, ignorant patients who have an almost religious faith in the medical prowess of the healer: the shamans, the quacks or even the priests of yore. Technology and information seems to have only changed the terminology in this crucial relationship. Centuries ago (or even now in our villages) patients probably quizzed the shaman about evil spirits and their malevolent effects, while here I was talking about saturation blood gases and fears of cyanosis. But just as the villager is totally at the shamans mercy, he accepts whatever treatment he gets, so was I. Just like a villager would feel cured after a totally innocuous glucose drip, here I was feeling relieved that my patient was getting fifth generation antibiotics and these would surely help. There is also something to be said about the inherent inexactness of even modern medicine. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783639301069

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Title: Musculoskeletal Medicine for Undergraduates

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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Medical curriculum needs to be altered especially in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. There are perceived deficiencies of organized trauma content in many undergraduate surgical programmes. However we see that a MBBS graduate after passing out of his medical schools is found pathetically deficient in management of trauma cases and especially musculoskeletal disease which forms a major chunk of emergency admissions to any public or even private sector hospital. Very few universities in the world has devised a comprehensive teaching program that involves structured teaching programmes that includes designated time table and log books of musculoskeletal diseases. This gives student access to the interpretations of imaging modalities like CT and MRI scan.In my stint as medical teacher we have devised in our university a structured pattern in this important subject which is augmented with assessment like OSCE and MEQ tools with gratifying results. This method has combined structured teaching and clinical clerkship.It is expected that medical educators pay more attention to this important subject.The topics covered in this book are tutorials topics in musculoskeletal medicine.

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Prof Gourishankar Patnaik is internationally renowned Orthopedic &Spinal Surgeon from India.An accomplished author,he has more than two decades of teaching experience at various medical schools. Dr Jasmine Khandhar graduated from Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia and is presently pursuing her higher studies based in Windsor,Ontario,Canada

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