Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Katie Hodgkinson reviews Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures by M. Loukas, R.S. Tubbs and J. Feldman

51LzsOf-1rL._SX389_BO1,204,203,200_Extensive and clear, this is yet another addition to Netter’s expanding repertoire of books based on the Netter illustrations. With over 30 clinical procedures neatly detailed, this book is a brilliant reference for those wanting to brush up on the exact way to perform procedures with reference to the precise anatomy necessary. This book is not really aimed at students, giving instructions on procedures used more by practicing doctors- but knowing the technique and the process involved is a necessary part of the student and junior doctor’s life, as they must be able to explain these to patients. Covering orthopaedic, anaesthetic, trauma and vascular procedures alongside nosebleed management and ENT foreign body removal is novel- the book perhaps is a tad unorganised, with procedures grouped by anatomy as opposed to the specialty the procedure would be performed by.

The illustrations themselves are clear and colourful as to be expected with a Netter illustration. Of adequate size and well detailed, they are a helpful addition to the extensive writing on how to actually perform the procedure- although this writing itself is in a less accessible format, more suited to reference as opposed to a quick guide in an emergency situation. For the procedures covered it makes sense for the explanations and instructions to be detailed and in-depth, but this makes the book more relevant to those studying for exams where in-depth knowledge of the procedure will be tested, as opposed to those wishing to perform it quickly.

The procedures themselves come with diagrams that are not well laid out on the page- it can be difficult to follow the steps via the illustrations alone, despite the pictures being of good quality and there being excellent labelling of key structures. There are multiple choice questions provided, helpful for exam situations when a practical component is less obvious.

Steps could have been taken to make this a more concise and accessible book, but as a detailed reference that explains every potential component, this book is a wonder.


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