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From The CriticsReviewer: Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, AB, MD (Colon & Rectal Surgery of Oklahoma, PC)
Description: This comprehensive book on colorectal surgery provides updated information in the field, such as anal fistula plug, laparoscopic surgery, Remicade, etc., for both residents in training and masters. It is complete with diagrams, color photos, high quality imaging, and algorithms.
Purpose: Most importantly, the book is based on the core curriculum established by the Association of Program Directors in CRS and incorporates the practice parameters developed by the ASCRS. It unifies both colorectal doctrine and state-of-the-art information.
Audience: The book is targeted to subspecialists in the field of colorectal surgery, both those beginning their careers and those who are experienced. It is the coming together of both junior and senior staff that makes this an easy to read yet detailed book.
Features: Both benign and malignant disease of anorectal and colorectal anatomy are addressed in this book. A chapter devoted purely to vascular disease of the colon and GI bleeding is missing, but touched on in the other chapters. The last five chapters deal with nonmedical issues, such as healthcare economics and reviewing the literature, that are vital to practicing physicians and refreshing to seasoned readers.
Assessment: This is a long awaited textbook for those in the field and it does not disappoint. It is brief and to the point, but does not lack the necessary detail expected from a society-produced publication. I found it more up-to-date and less verbose than the classic text Colon and Rectal Surgery, 5th edition, by Corman (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005) and more specific than Current Therapy in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2nd edition, by Fazio et al. (Elsevier, 2004), but with the same easy-to-read quality that enhances comprehension for the trainee. It is by no means just a student textbook. The inclusion of "hot" current topics, like the anal fistula plug, makes it fresh and useful for experienced surgeons. This is an excellent addition to the colorectal library.