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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first edition of a softbound text summarizing the critical content in the second edition of the textbook Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice.
Purpose: This is a portable source of information for the student and physician in training. Essential content of the larger textbook is provided in a stand-alone format.
Audience: Students, house-officers, and practitioners will find this text useful. The content is summarized directly from the parent book. The contributors represent departments of surgery in major American medical centers.
Features: Chapters are presented on a one-for-one basis with the parent text. Figures and tables from the parent text are also retained to a significant degree. Selected references and chapter organization are from the parent text. References provided are usually ten or fewer in number and date to within two years of publication. As in the parent text, the reproduction quality of figures is excellent, and a comprehensive index is provided.
Assessment: This book, although not a pocket-sized resource, is portable and contains many of the favorable features of the parent hardcover volume. The student or practitioner will find this a worthy complement to the larger text and the corresponding set of review materials also produced by the publisher. This is also a worthy stand-alone text containing all essential elements.