European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology
E. Richard, Christopher G. Moran, Theerachai Apivatthakakul (eds): AO
principles of fracture management 2 vols., third edition
Thieme Verlag, New York, Stuttgart, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, 2017, 1120 pp, 2500 gs,
280,00 mm, Hardcover (GEB), EUR (D) 419,99 EUR (A) 431,80 CHF 483,00, ISBN: 978-3-13-
Received: 6 May 2018 / Accepted: 20 May 2018
© Springer-Verlag France SAS, part of Springer Nature 2018
This true monument Co-writing by 61 international authors
constitutes the bible of the AO. Volume 1 is dedicated to the
principles, volume 2 with the speciﬁc fractures.
First of all are pointed out philosophy AO with the biol-
ogy and the mechanisms of cure of the fractures, the bio-
technology of the implants and especially classiﬁcation AO
of the fractures and the lesions of soft tissues.
Decision making and planning are detailed for the frac-
tures diaphyseal on the one hand, the articular fractures on
the other hand. Reduction and ﬁxing are then presented,
either with absolute stability, or relative (external ﬁxer, for
The following chapters make ravel the multiple traumas,
the opened fractures, the losses of soft fabrics, the fractures
pediatric, the postoperative disease prevention antibiotic and
thromboembolic, care, the fractures of the elderly people,
the risks of the irradiation of the imagery and ﬁnally the
Volume 2 is devoted to the fractures according to the area
anatomical, on the basis of the shoulder and ﬁnishing by
ankle and the foot. The fractures of the spine are evoked only
in the chapters of the fractures of the osteoporotic elderlies.
A glossary clarifying the various terms used by the
authors and a thick index, respectively, allow an easier read-
ing and fast entries for the reader who wants to go directly
on a precise point.
With its 2500 illustrations, two volumes are magniﬁcently
This work must be present in the library of any experi-
enced traumatologist or trainees.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest The author declares that he has no competing in-
* Pierre Kehr