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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Costas D. Lallas, MD, FACS (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: Each of the 80 short chapters in this book is a focused snapshot of the technologies and techniques that are commonly used in urologic practice.
Purpose: Altogether, the chapters represent a practical and general overview of the procedures, tools, and principles that are a part of everyday urology practice, although each chapter does not comprehensively cover its respective topic (chapters are purposefully no longer than five pages).
Audience: Although it is intended as a quick reference for practicing urologists and a study guide for training physicians reviewing for the intercollegiate specialty exam in urology, the FRCS (Urol.), the book could serve equally well as a valuable reference for urology trainees in other countries. Its compact, easy-to-read chapters would be helpful for practicing urologists or other healthcare specialists seeking to quickly reinforce their knowledge of the facts behind the technologies used in everyday urology.
Features: The chapters are grouped into seven parts, the first of which describes the physics of radiology technologies common in urology and their applications, such as a CT urogram, MRI of the pelvis, and ultrasound of a renal mass, the testes, and the prostate. Part II on nuclear medicine tests discusses basic principles as well as how to perform them for optimal and useful results. Each chapter in part III focuses on a particular diagnostic test used in all aspects of urologic practice, including nephrolithiasis, voiding dysfunction, and oncology. Parts IV and V illustrate the techniques, instruments, and accessories used for urologic operations and office procedures. They also include chapters on specific considerations of urologic surgeries, such as ideal conditions in the operating room, DVT prophylaxis, and potential hazards of irrigations and pneumoperitoneum. Part VI is much more concentrated than the other sections, focusing solely on technologies pertinent to renal failure, such as dialysis and renal transplantation. The final part has only two chapters that describe methods to evaluate the impact and usefulness of the various technologies, such as with a randomized controlled trials (RCT) and health technology assessments (HTA). Both chapters are purposefully succinct, hitting only the highlights of the respective technologies and are not intended to be exhaustive reviews of the literature. The goal of the book is undoubtedly familiarity as opposed to encyclopedic knowledge of the topics. Still, chapters have recommended readings for those who would like to delve into a subject more deeply.
Assessment: This is a practical guide, covering the highlights of the predominant technologies used in urology. It is most appropriate for trainees seeking to familiarize themselves about these topics for examination purposes or for practitioners needing a quick resource.