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Vanishing bone: Conquering a stealth disease caused by total hip replacements

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’The text is well written and enjoyable to read’

Title: Vanishing bone: Conquering a stealth disease caused by total hip replacements

Author: William Harris

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Surgery Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book takes the reader on the journey through the development of hip replacements, the multiple setbacks encountered and the ideas driving the innovations which lead to the modern prosthesis. The text offers an enticing narrative, which offers insight in to the pathophysiology of periprosthetic osteolysis, biomedical engineering and the struggles of achieving patents and commercialisation of a new prosthesis. The story of clinical practice and laboratory research draws the reader into the endeavour of improving patient quality of life and the challenges faced by the author as a pioneer in orthopaedic surgery.

What were the highlights?

There are several highlights worth noting. The inclusion of x-rays and schematic drawings add to the clinical description presented and help to illustrate the complex pathophysiology and emphasise the challenges encountered. Throughout the book as new people are introduced to the evolving developments a brief profile and their photo is included for the reader to peruse. There is also the small but lovely addition to the start of each chapter of an inspirational quote relating to innovation and science.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The text is well written and enjoyable to read. There is sufficient detail to satisfy the health professional with an interest in orthopaedics although reads more akin to a novel than a scientific journal of discovery.

Who should read it?

This book is written more for the general readership than the specialist health care professional in search of educational advancement, however, it is an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in orthopaedics and particularly hip replacements.

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