The intelligent mind simplifies, not obfuscates. As such, it is a pleasure to find a lot of intelligent worldwide radiologists working under the expert guidance of Thomas Pope to create a very readable radiology book with text that is short, concise, clear and organized under logical subheadings, superbly colored drawings, and excellent clearly labeled images. In the past there was an unfortunate pattern in some circles of writing about topics using far too many words so that one would either end up skimming the material or not reading it altogether because of the failure of the authors to better summarize the diseases being described. What you want when you read something is to be able to remember the important points, which is hard to do when those points are buried deep.
This two volume set focuses specifically on MSK imaging, with each chapter discussing a single topic, much like the recent change in medical education where the focus is on specific body systems or parts rather than memorizing vast amounts of detail about many different diseases and "hoping" that the details come back up from memory when considering differential diagnoses of a specific anatomical presentation. Happily, the format throughout this two volume set is uniform, with a relatively quick review of more common abnormalities, along with some more unusual disease processes included. The appendices include some information that you always wanted to know, but could never find, such as orthopedic devices.
In other words, you can actually sit down and have fun reading it, learning new things and/or enforcing/fine-tuning that which is already known! The editors are experts in the radiological literature of their own part of the world, as well as what makes it into the international literature, and have summarized this literature with teaching points that would have otherwise been an impossible task to obtain because you would have to read through all that literature to try to arrive at some specific "pearls" to take home. All of it is clinically relevant to the diseases that we see every day, and I am already using it as a quick reference. I highly recommend this book!
Tom Clayton, MD