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"Essentials of Surgical Specialties provides third and fourth-year medical students the clinical foundations of surgical specialties. The text is organized by specialty, and each chapter provides the basic skills needed in each of the core rotations." "New to this edition: updated information on treatment options, imaging modalities, operative techniques, advances in laproscopic surgery and robotic surgery, surgical devices and products, and postoperative care; over 200 illustrations that provide clear demonstrations of relevant anatomy and common surgical approaches; new two-color interior design; numerous references throughout the text for those wishing to explore a topic in-depth; and multiple-choice questions, expanded and rewritten to conform to NMBE format, and provided online to students." Whether you enter a primary care field, a nonsurgical specialty, or a surgical specialty, this leading resource will provide you with essential surgical knowledge and problem-solving skills that all physicians need!

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Jay B. Prystowsky, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is intended to serve as a source for medical students for describing the fundamental principles in the surgical specialties that every student should master.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a readable textbook for third- and fourth-year medical students in which all the important principles of the surgical specialties are presented in a concise, organized fashion. The text achieves this purpose admirably in that the book is clearly written at the medical student level.
Audience: The audience for this text is third- and fourth-year medical students.
Features: Each chapter follows a similar format in that assumptions as to the student's knowledge base are made, objectives for the students are clearly defined, important technical skills are emphasized, a brief reference list of established sources is noted, and study questions are provided. The illustrations, tables, algorithms, and photographs are of satisfactory quality and complement the text well. The text does not attempt to be all inclusive; uncommon entities are generally not discussed. The type is large and easy to read. The writing is clear and well organized. The editors believe that the length of the book should allow students to read it within six weeks. However, at 400 pages, it is doubtful that most medical students can read this text in that time frame.
Assessment: This is an excellent summation of the important principles of the surgical specialties. The format is useful for students in helping them to prioritize the fundamental points of each specialty. It is a useful adjunct to undergraduate surgical education.
Jay B. Prystowsky
This book is intended to serve as a source for medical students for describing the fundamental principles in the surgical specialties that every student should master. The stated purpose is to provide a readable textbook for third- and fourth-year medical students in which all the important principles of the surgical specialties are presented in a concise, organized fashion. The text achieves this purpose admirably in that the book is clearly written at the medical student level. The audience for this text is third- and fourth-year medical students. Each chapter follows a similar format in that assumptions as to the student's knowledge base are made, objectives for the students are clearly defined, important technical skills are emphasized, a brief reference list of established sources is noted, and study questions are provided. The illustrations, tables, algorithms, and photographs are of satisfactory quality and complement the text well. The text does not attempt to be all inclusive; uncommon entities are generally not discussed. The type is large and easy to read. The writing is clear and well organized. The editors believe that the length of the book should allow students to read it within six weeks. However, at 400 pages, it is doubtful that most medical students can read this text in that time frame. This is an excellent summation of the important principles of the surgical specialties. The format is useful for students in helping them to prioritize the fundamental points of each specialty. It is a useful adjunct to undergraduate surgical education.
David A. Bloom
This is a highly useable and interactive text that is a good review of anesthesiology and eight surgical sub-specialties targeted to medical students. Not only are the objectives of each chapter outlined at the beginning, but multiple-choice questions, explanations of the objectives, and case scenarios follow each text. Three medical student editors were involved in this publication and their presence seems to be reflected in the user-friendly nature of this work. The first edition was published in 1993 and it appears that this is not only an effort to update material, but also to finely tune this work. The editor explains that his aim is to educate medical students who will be going into primary care fields regarding the surgical sub-specialties. I believe his purpose fulfills a tremendous void in current medical education. This book fills this niche nicely in undergraduate medical education, but also should be a core part of the curriculum of non-surgical residencies and a part of any basic primary care library. The material covered in this book includes basic medical problems that everyone on the planet will eventually encounter in one way or another. Medical students are the intended audience. The editor and contributors are all credible authorities in their subject matters. The practical nature of this text cannot be understated. Each chapter is a well-constructed program of self-study. One might argue about the inclusiveness of the eight sub-specialties, but I believe that they provide a fair overview. There are a few omissions and overlaps, which may be corrected in a future edition. The order of the chapters lacks logical continuity -- appropriately anesthesiology iscovered first, but after that there is neither alphabetical anatomic nor historical rationale for the priority of the next eight chapters. Circumcision and undescended testicles are doubly covered in the pediatric surgery and the urology sections. Burns are included in pediatric surgery, but not elsewhere in the text, and are specifically lacking in the plastic surgery section. The issues of ambiguous genitalia and intersex deserve short inclusion. These are topics of increasingly intense concern in society and while they are not the ""common conditions"" targeted by the editor, they are certainly more common than a number of other items discussed in the text and merit acknowledgement somewhere in the undergraduate medical curriculum and in the wider world of primary care. This is a high quality, useful book. I really couldn't find a comparable competitor in the marketplace. As a second edition, a full seven years after the original, it seem this is a timely update.
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Intended as a overview for medical students not entering a surgical field, this textbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the same authors' textbook in general surgery, Contributors here address only the most important principles and the common diseases pertaining to their specialty; uncommon diseases are not discussed. Multiple choice and practice oral examination questions appear at the end of every chapter. Lawrence is affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683048711
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Anesthesiology 1
Ch. 2 Pediatric surgery : surgical diseases of children 51
Ch. 3 Plastic surgery : diseases of the skin and soft tissue, face, and hand 94
Ch. 4 Cardiothoracic surgery : diseases of the heart, great vessels, and thoracic cavity 148
Ch. 5 Otolaryngology : diseases of the head and neck 191
Ch. 6 Orthopedic surgery : diseases of the musculoskeletal system 231
Ch. 7 Urology : diseases of the genitourinary system 285
Ch. 8 Neurosurgery : diseases of the nervous system 331
Ch. 9 Ophthalmology : diseases of the eye 396
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