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From The CriticsReviewer: Costas D. Lallas, MD, FACS (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: This is the third edition of an important reference for practicing and budding urologists (the previous edition was published in 2009). Experts in the field provide a succinct yet relevant and contemporary review of pertinent topics in urology.
Purpose: The authors successfully update with current data and literature one of the most recognized reviews of urology. The chapters continue to be well organized, contemporary, and densely packed with useful information. The book remains pocket-friendly, with small print, thin pages, and a flexible cover.
Audience: One can easily imagine trainees carrying this book in pockets of their white coats, with certain topics bookmarked, ready to access at a moment's notice. It is also appropriate on practitioners' shelves ready to serve as a current guide to obscure topics in a rapidly changing field.
Features: The first three chapters review general principles of patient evaluation and management, including common signs/symptoms of urology patients, pertinent positives in the history taking and physical examination, and modern tests that may be useful with a guide to interpretation. The next 11 chapters comprehensively review common topics in urology, including epidemiology, presentation, evaluation, pathology, and staging (when pertinent), treatment options, and prognosis. The next four chapters outline specialty topics in urology that are more intended for particular situations or practitioners, such as considerations in pregnancy, pediatric urology, and renal transplant. The last chapter is a fun chapter that lists and defines commonly used eponyms in urology. The chapters are well organized, concise, and easy to navigate. They are accompanied by simple black-and-white illustrations where necessary.
Assessment: This book will continue to be a necessary part of any student's or practicing urologist's library. Its beauty lies in its ability to pack so much relevant information into a small, portable package. In the rapidly changing field of urology, this update is necessary.