About this eBook
As a student of orthopedics, I enjoyed the experience of the studentship. Practical examination in our life as a student was always going to be an acid test. It was a mountain which every student wanted to scale successfully. The complexity of the practical examination made us run around the wards, journal clubs, libraries, rehabilitation departments, X-ray centres and to pathology department. We used to attend seminars, group discussions and special lecture classes. We used to grasp as much as possible because we would always fall short of expectations in practical examinations. As the final exams approached, we panic. We build into formed small groups for discussions and run around the wards seeing as many cases as possible not knowing what cases will be given. Unfortunately, we never got to see all the cases shown in the exams at one go or got to see the X-rays all at a time, or the instruments and implants all assembled as a single unit, or had sufficient time to go to the pathology department to see the specimen and slides. As a DNB student, the situation was far worse as the centres of practical exams were alien and the atmosphere unfamiliar. There was no way we could revise the practical formats. It was at this time I felt if there ever was a book that deals with practical examination from cases to orthotics, then it would for us my life easy during the crucial hours of practical exams. Also, such a book could give us an opportunity for us to revise and re-revise again and again to our satisfaction. And if the book could give us the most likely questions that would be asked in the practical exams, then it would be still better as we would now know what to concentrate upon and what the examiner expects from us. During practical exams, I have noticed students frantically looking for clues, for diagnosis, they try to peep into the X-rays, case papers, etc. They keep pleading with the seniors, experts, medical students, staff, attendees and even patients for some vital information. To my chagrin, many times I have seen students being misguided by wrong leads or suggestions by all sundry even though they had made the right diagnosis. I have seen the best of students not succeeding in practical exams. It was then I decided to write a book that caters to practical examination in its entirety. What was presumed to be a the experience fairly simple journey, turned out to be the most arduous one. It took strenuous five years for compilation of all exam related materials and proved to be very tough, cumbersome and tiring. I sought the help of my friends and well-wishers to part with materials, photographs and X-rays, pictures, etc. They all responded favourably. Now, the book is complete and is before you. I have tried my best to include all aspects of practical examinations. But I know, despite my best efforts there would be inadequate, unnecessary or missing information. This is due to different requirements by the universities across the country. I request the students to please ignore these minor blemishes. I will be happy if the students find this book useful and helpful during the practical exams. Feedback will be valued.
Dr John Ebnezar
4 9 2009 10 16 38 AM
My immense thanks to all these dear friends who have contributed few X-rays and clinical photographs that are used in this book
Dr Vishwas Mundevadi Professor, Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur, Karnataka
Dr Mohan Post-graduate student of Dr Mundevadi