Academy Launches Online Book Reviews

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) is proud to introduce formal book reviews as part of the Recommended Reading section of its website at

Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP, chair of the Academy’s Publications Committee, has teamed up with other experienced clinicians to provide a summary of content and relevance of a variety of texts to orthotic and prosthetic students, clinicians, and researchers.

"Textbooks aren’t cheap, and we want to assist professionals in identifying the ones that will be most beneficial for their individual needs," said Stevens. "Orthotic and prosthetic texts vary tremendously in their scope and depth. Most are good, but appeal to different audiences–some to new students, others to professionals in related fields, some to experienced O&P clinicians, and some to patients."

"The reviews from online resellers are rarely written by clinicians in the field. The reviews that the Academy has put together, on the other hand, come from those who can speak about texts from an insider’s perspective," continued Stevens.

There are currently six book reviews posted to the site. The Publications Committee plans to launch as many as 10 additional reviews by the end of the year.

For more information on this and the Academy in general, please contact Manisha Bhaskar at (202) 380-3663 or via email at

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