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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neal W Wilkinson, MD (Kalispell Regional Medical Center)
Description: With the 11th edition, this book has new authors, new illustrations, and updated recommendations in general surgery.
Purpose: Each chapter covers a topic in a brief and surgically oriented manner. This edition manages to provide new and updated information with minimal overlap with previous editions. The editors attempted to enroll a wide variety of expert authors to write each chapter while avoiding duplication.
Audience: Surgeons in training (residents and fellows) from all disciplines of surgical practice are the intended audience. Junior and senior surgeons find the book equally helpful to review less well-known disease presentations, get succinct updates, and review for recertification. The authors are well versed in their topics and provide expert opinions.
Features: The book covers the entire spectrum of general surgery, approaching each topic using the same format: disease presentation, pathophysiology, and diagnostics, followed by surgical therapy. There are approximately 20 major sections, each consisting of 10 to 30 subsections of approximately 1 to 3 pages with good illustrations. The majority of the book revolves around best practice recommendations, clearly defined algorithms, and published outcomes.
Assessment: This book is often cited as the "most important" tool for preparing for written, oral, and recertifying boards in surgery. Although similar in appearance to previous editions in presentation and layout, it is clear once you open it that this is where the similarity ends. Each section is written by new authors and complements the previous editions well.