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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This book brings together the basic principles relating to perioperative management including essential physiology and pharmacologic principles.
Purpose: The purpose is to function as a core textbook that combines basic science and clinically based knowledge to allow the reader to develop skills, attitudes, and awareness of problems in general surgery.
Audience: This book is intended for recent medical graduates and medical students.
Features: The 21 chapters cover legal issues, pharmacology, preoperative assessment, perioperative systems, problems and specific topics such as GI, cardiac, blood, central nervous system, lung, pain management, nutrition, sepsis, and statistics as applied to medicine. Each chapter begins with aims for the discussion and objectives for the reader to accomplish. There is an introduction section followed by more detailed information. Diagrams are scattered throughout the book. Both the clinical and basic science information necessary to manage a patient is presented.
Assessment: This book is a very good marriage between the basic science and preoperative care written at the third year medical student level. It is very readable and the diagrams are helpful and very pointed. It gives a good introduction into the fields discussed and it adds some areas that are not always covered in traditional text, such as legal and preoperative evaluation. I particularly like the chapter on pain management, which weaves the basic science and clinical care together well. This is an excellent book and would work well for a third year clerkship in surgery.