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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a well known textbook designed for students during their third year of medical student rotation.
Purpose: The original purpose of this book was to provide a consistent description of important surgical principles and concepts that all medical students should know.
Audience: Third year medical students on a surgery clerkship are the intended readers.
Features: Each of the 26 chapters begins with a set of objectives that have been identified by the authors. The chapter then has a description of the disease and surgical treatment. Appropriate photographs, radiographs, and tables are included in the chapter followed by a summary about this disease and suggested readings with attached references.
Assessment: This book clearly accomplishes its goal of being a comprehensive text for medical students while in their third year clerkship. It is written by surgeons who teach and practice surgical care on a daily basis. It covers fundamental information that can be used by students throughout their careers. The length of each chapter has been controlled so that a student would be able to read the entire text while on the clerkship and it is written to appeal to all students regardless of their interest in surgery as a career. The book is engaging in its style and presentation. The fourth edition clearly perpetuates the tradition of a student-oriented publication and will continue to be one of the standards used by medical schools in teaching students the art of surgery.