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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD(University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This pocket sized book provides an up-to-date view of operative procedures in surgery.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical guide for surgeons and trainees as a method to quickly prepare for the OR prior to a case. It could also be used by nurses and OR technicians who want to understand a particular procedure.
Audience: Surgeons and residents practicing all types of general surgery are the intended audience.
Features: The book's 19 chapters cover specific surgical techniques and steps for a variety of procedures. They cover general surgical procedures and many subspecialty procedures related to urology, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery, trauma, and transplantation. Each chapter discusses the general approach to pre- and post-operative care and regional anatomy. For each procedure, the book includes the indications for the procedure, special preoperative preparation, the methods of consent, positioning of the patient, type of incision, different procedures and their variations, closure of the wound, and special postoperative care and treatment of complications. There are line diagrams of various procedures and occasional photographs. Additional sections cover investigational procedures, specific surgical maneuvers such as a pancreatic mobilization, and suture materials. A long list of commonly used abbreviations is also included.
Assessment: The general outline for each procedure is well organized and logical. The book provides very complete coverage of a large range of different procedures and techniques and the high quality line drawings are very useful in planning an operation. The book is successful in giving a snapshot of all that would be necessary to care for a patient and does so in a very brief and concise way. It provides everything necessary to prepare one for the operating room in a broad sense under the assumption that one already is well acquainted with the area of surgery. For trainees, it provides the general objectives for a procedure and a brief inventory of the steps. For experienced surgeons, it is less useful but would serve to remind them of individual steps in a procedure.