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From The CriticsReviewer: Danny T Liu, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This book provides focused yet detailed descriptions of procedures, relevant pathophysiology, and anatomy of 24 common general surgical procedures for medical students. Each chapter follows a consistent format, beginning with a case study, and includes pertinent issues that influence perioperative and intraoperative care. This is the second volume in the Gowned and Gloved series; the first one focused on orthopedic surgery.
Purpose: It aims to enhance medical students' experience in the operating room by describing the technical features of a given procedure and relevant pathophysiology and anatomy. The 24 surgical procedures include the key operations that medical students would likely see in the operating room, from hernia repair to abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Audience: Although it is aimed at medical students doing their surgical clerkships or subinternships, the book also is a useful review for surgical residents.
Features: The book covers frequently performed common surgical procedures and provides a relatively broad discussion of surgical disease. The consistent chapter format and the text boxes that focus on critical management decisions help effectively deliver key learning points. A possible drawback is that while the book contains valuable key learning objectives, the descriptions of procedures may be considered too detailed for medical students, and not detailed enough for surgical residents.
Assessment: This is a great resource for medical students going through their surgical clerkships to prepare for an upcoming OR case. However, it is not a replacement for a general surgery textbook or an adequate study guide for the shelf exam.