June 2004 AAOS Report

Let knowledge be your patients' guide

The Body Almanac: Your Personal Guide to Bone and Joint Health at Any Age is a musculoskeletal self-help book for patients that helps treat common bone and joint conditions.

John F. Sarwark, MD, one of the four editors, stresses the importance of the book material to his patients. "I have a copy of the new book in every exam room at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital orthopaedic clinics," he said. "It is useful reading material for patients as they wait for the physician and staff. The families praise the book and many ask where they can purchase a copy. From my standpoint, the book itself was a brainchild that continues to fill a vital need."

Patient education and self care have become dominant themes in medicine. "This book involves patients in their own healthcare programs by demystifying the musculoskeletal system, its care and maintenance," said co-editor, Ramon L. Jimenez, MD. Other editors include Letha Y. Griffin, MD, PhD, and Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD.

The soft-cover guide is priced at $19.95, and volume discounts are available for AAOS members. To see sample sections from the book or to order, go online to http://www.aaos.org/almanac or, call customer service at (800) 626-6726.

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