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Apley and Solomon's Concise System of Orthopaedics and Trauma

4th Edition

By Louis Solomon, David J. Warwick, Selvadurai Nayagam

CRC Press

504 pages | 1389 Color Illus.

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Apley and Solomon’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Traumais firmly established as the leading introductory textbook of orthopaedic practice and the principles of fracture management. Praised in previous editions for its systematic approach, balanced content and easy-to-read style, the fourth edition has been brought fully up to date with more than 800 illustrations, many new to this edition, providing an invaluable pictorial account of this highly visual subject.

Key features of the Fourth Edition:

  • Reflects the changing pattern of musculoskeletal disease around the world
  • Focuses on actual diseases and clinical signs, with additional coverage of anatomy where appropriate—ideal for the medical student and junior surgeon
  • Provides helpful guidance on simple procedures without unnecessary operative detail
  • Includes revised and expanded sections on developments in molecular biology and genetics—reflecting the growing clinical significance of these important areas
  • Demonstrates new imaging technologies
  • Retains popular features such as handy check points and text boxes—ideal for rapid assimilation during a clinical placement or exam revision

This text remains the first choice for medical students, trainee surgeons and other health professionals seeking a concise introduction to this large and complex subject. It is a natural preface to the more detailed coverage offered by the parent book, Apley’s System of Orthopaedics and Trauma.


"This text has moved a long way since Apley's original 1959 publication, and has been expanded to become a general orthopaedic text for medical students and other students of orthopaedics. The original (remembered fondly from my own student days) with its 'Look, Feel, Move' mantra focused on teaching students a systematic hands-on approach to orthopaedic evaluation, not relying heavily on special investigations.

The current edition incorporates the original Apley system, but it has been expanded to become a more general reference, richly illustrated with colour photographs, X-ray and other clinical images, and illustrations. … All in all it is a wonderful little textbook, and a pleasure to recommend to students."

—Sheila Strover, BSc, MB BCh, MBA, book review appearing on www.kneeguru.co.uk, February 09, 2015

"Intended mainly for medical students and junior surgical trainees … the material is very well presented and illustrated … perhaps the best book on the market for these readers. I strongly recommend this book."

—Edward Abraham, MD, in Doody's Review Service

"This book and its website will prove very useful to students and early trainees in orthopedics … The text is easy to read and the approach is systematic. It is a worthwhile addition to the academic library that is frequented by medical students interested in orthopedics … [and the] accompanying ebook version is a useful adjunct."

—Samuel J. Chmell, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, in Doody’s Review Service

Table of Contents


Diagnosis in Orthopaedics


Inflammatory Rheumatic Disorders

Gout and Pseudogout

Osteoarthritis and Related Disorders

Osteonecrosis (Avascular Necrosis)

Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders

Genetic Disorders, Dysplasias and Malformations

Tumours and Tumour-like Lesions

Neuromuscular Disorders

Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Principles of Operative Treatment


The Shoulder

The Elbow

The Wrist

The Hand

The Neck

The Back

The Hip

The Knee

The Ankle and Foot


The Management of Major Injuries

Fractures and Joint Injuries

Fractures—Principles of Treatment

Complications of Fractures

Injuries of the Shoulder, Upper Arm and Elbow

Injuries of the Forearm and Wrist

Injuries of the Hand

Injuries of the Spine and Thorax

Fractures of the Pelvis

Injuries of the Hip and Femur

Injuries of the Knee and Leg

Injuries of the Ankle and Foot

About the Authors

Louis Solomon, MD, FRCS, emeritus professor of orthopaedics, University of Bristol, UK

David J. Warwick, MD, FRCS, FRCS(Orth), EDHS, consultant hand surgeon and reader in orthopaedic surgery, University of Southampton, UK

Selvadurai Nayagam, BSc, MCh(Orth), FRCS (Orth), consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital and The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Surgery / General