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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive surgical textbook covers both the basic science and the clinical decision-making around the care of surgical patients. This is the 4th edition of a book that has been well regarded by surgeons.
Purpose: The purpose is to give a broad view of the practice of general surgery for trainees and practicing surgeons.The book accomplishes these goals.
Audience: The audience is resident trainees and practicing surgeons in the general surgery practice. It is written by surgeons who have established themselves as authorities.
Features: This book gives detailed information on a broad range of the practice of general surgery. General surgery has been interpreted to include urology and head and neck surgery. It is broken down into sections such as perioperative care. In each section, detailed information about the topic is discussed along with excellent hand-drawn pictures and photographs. Following each chapter is an editorial commentary section which discusses the editors' opinions and other factors which come into play in decision-making for a particular surgical problem. The amount of detail in the book is excellent. It has notable sections on types of incisions and how to make them, various methods for bowel stapling. There is also a very good section on a number of flaps for general surgeons that make it somewhat different from other books. In total the book represents a complete view of surgery.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book with detailed information on the practice of surgery. It is well illustrated and very clearly presents information. It obviously could function as a standard text in surgery for any student or resident and as a resource book for any attending surgeon. It surely accomplishes its title, Mastery of Surgery for anyone who reads it. I would recommend it highly.