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From The CriticsReviewer: Samuel Shaheen, MD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This well written and illustrated "teach-book" is an information resource for history taking and physical diagnosis. This is the third edition; earlier editions appeared in 1978 and 1991.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate those who participate in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases as well as to better teach the use of the "five senses" to accurately assess the signs and symptoms of surgical disease.
Audience: This book is written for the student and resident in surgery, but it should remain in the practitioner's library as a resource, not only for review, but also as an outline for teaching history taking and physical diagnosis skills. The author is a very credible authority on surgical disease. Since the first edition 20 years ago, he has used continuous professional feedback to better the educational value of his book and has advanced the photographic and illustrative quality.
Features: It has an appropriate number of accurate, detailed, color photographs and illustrations. The overall appearance of the book, the table of contents, and the index are complete and organized. A unique feature of the book is "the revision panels," which are sections of review that the author has used to emphasize the important topics of study. The conversion of the photographs and diagrams to color is very important and is valuable to the lesson plan of the book.
Assessment: Dr. Browse's "teach-book" is complete, organized, and well presented. It is a useful learning aid and resource. All those involved in the field of surgery should acquire this dynamic book for their libraries. The newest edition's addition of color photographs and diagrams greatly justifies its purchase.