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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alan M. Yahanda, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This is a collection that reviews subjects relevant to general and vascular surgeons. Each chapter is written or co-written by an expert on the topic, and represents a concise summary of the current literature and practice.
Purpose: Although not stated by the editors, the purpose is undoubtedly to serve as an up-to-date reference for general and vascular surgeons. Given the rapid advancement of surgical knowledge, the plethora of information available, and the limited amount of time practicing surgeons have to critically evaluate the literature, such concise, authoritative summaries are welcome. Each of the reviews in this volume meets this objective.
Audience: The audiences to whom this book will appeal are both practicing surgeons and surgeons in training.
Features: This particular edition covers a variety of topics, including those relevant to general surgery (chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease), surgical oncology (hepatocellular, pancreatic, breast, and rectal cancer, and melanoma), critical care (pulmonary artery catheters), and vascular surgery (carotid artery stenting, endoprosthesis). In addition, there is even a chapter addressing the aging surgeon and when a surgeon should retire. Consequently, this volume will be of value to most surgeons. A particularly valuable and appealing feature in this edition is the presentation of contrasting opinions by contributors who are experts on a particular topic. For example, there are chapters that argue for and against the use of angioplasty and stenting for carotid artery stenosis. Unfortunately, not all topics are covered in such a manner. In those topics that do not follow this point-counterpoint format, however, most contributors try to provide a broad view of the subject and a balanced evaluation of controversial areas.
Assessment: This series has carved out a niche, providing periodic, up-to-date summaries of various topics in general surgery. Similar in content would be the journal Surgery Clinics of North America and Cameron's text Current Surgical Therapy, 6th edition (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1998). This text, however, is unique, as it is more detailed in its evaluation of a subject than the latter text, and more broad in its scope than the former. This particular volume reviews a number of pertinent topics that will have broad appeal to most surgeons. It provides concise yet thorough summaries of a number of topics which can be read easily, an important factor for most busy practicing general surgeons