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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samad Hashimi, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This book is a good attempt to introduce medical students to the field of surgery. It covers a wide range of topics and briefly and concisely introduces the topics.
Purpose: The purpose is to give a brief overview of the field of surgery and all the clinical situations where surgical intervention is warranted. This is certainly a noble goal and the authors achieve their objective.
Audience: The authors have aimed the book at medical students. The authors are well known and well respected in the field of surgery.
Features: The book attempts to cover all areas where surgical intervention may be necessary. This new edition includes chapters on preoperative care, management of issues such as MRSA, breast cancer screening, etc. Most specialties in the field of surgery are covered. As an example, diseases pertaining to the small intestine and large intestine are covered well. The book does a good job of narrowing down a big field. It attempts to introduce most common diseases without straying too much into the zebras. Another helpful feature is the presentation of short historical blurbs. The book falls short in covering topics such as basic anatomy. It also has very few illustrations which may not be ideal for visually oriented learners. Another shortcoming is the lack of references, although most students will undoubtedly have access to numerous other texts.
Assessment: This concise book is a great resource for students who want a general overview of the field of surgery. It does not delve into treatment options or surgical approaches, which was not the goal of the book.