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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John W Cromwell, M.D.(University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: Encompassing the breadth of the clinical practice of colon and rectal surgery, this book is an update of a 2007 first edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an evidence-based, standardized reference for colon and rectal surgery practice and training. This excellent edition improves upon the success of its predecessor. The prior edition has been used by the majority of residents in colon and rectal surgery and has been established as the reference standard for U.S. trainees.
Audience: The book targets the needs of trainees in colon and rectal surgery and practitioners of the specialty. It also would serve as a useful resource for gastroenterologists and an advanced source for medical students. The authorship is predominantly U.S. practitioners in colon and rectal surgery with a few international exceptions. The editorial board and authors are, without exception, leaders in the field.
Features: The book is organized in accordance with the core curriculum for colon and rectal surgery trainees by the Association of Program Directors in Colon and Rectal Surgery. This makes it an excellent reference for colon and rectal surgery residents preparing for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery qualifying and certifying examinations. The depth of coverage in important aspects of colon and rectal surgery, such as colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, is excellent. As an example, colorectal cancer is covered over the course of 12 chapters, with each subtopic covered by authorities in the area. The book is rich in photos and illustrations, with no superfluous use. The editors maintain good consistency in the writing across most of the chapters and include coverage of very contemporary subjects such as robotic colorectal surgery and sacral nerve stimulation. The foreword promises an appendix with the Practice Parameters of the ASCRS Standards Committee, but I could not find it. This is one of the few drawbacks of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent update of the authoritative reference standard for this specialty. With rare exception, it achieves its goals and should be within easy reach of all practitioners and trainees in the field.