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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: Now in its tenth edition, this is an update of one of the standards in surgical review books. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: This is an overview of surgical care focused on the solution to clinical problems rather than on anatomy and physiology.
Audience: Senior surgical trainees, those in preparation for standardized examinations, and senior practitioners are an appropriate audience for a work presenting clinical insights from leading surgeons at North American medical centers..
Features: The book is divided by anatomic region or organ system. Initial sections detail esophageal, gastric, large and small bowel, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and splenic considerations. Subsequent chapter groups cover hernia, breast and endocrine surgery, skin and soft tissue problems, vascular surgery, trauma, and critical care. Another group of chapters focuses on laparoscopic techniques. Three final chapters provide insight into Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). Chapters are clearly written and tables and illustrations are effectively used. The number of color illustrations increases every year and the quality is excellent. Each chapter includes a brief list of suggested readings, which represent summary papers and primary or important secondary literature. References date to within two years of publication, although classic sources may be older. The table of contents groups chapters and lists authorship, while an extensive subject index includes separate citations for boxes, figures, and tables. The book also includes access to a searchable online version of the book.
Assessment: This continues as the clinical reference of choice for general and vascular surgeons, particularly those taking oral certifying examinations. Updates are obvious since the previous edition in 2008, and the quality of illustrations has steadily improved. Finally, this edition includes access to a web site with the searchable text and additional resources.