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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark E. Hroncich, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive book of medical issues that arise around the time of surgery. The first edition was published 12 years ago.
Purpose: The authors have written this book to help physicians care for surgical patients. It provides a good reference for the problems that commonly arise in these patients. The book uses a unique organizational approach to accomplish this: it presents topics by the traditional systems approach and by a novel procedures approach.
Audience: This book is written for practicing physicians, and it will serve them well. Residents on internal medicine consultation services will also find this book quite useful. Although many of the contributors are at the junior faculty level, they have done a credible job.
Features: This is a well-referenced book, citing both the classic articles and the newest updates. The table of contents makes this an easy book to use, because it reveals the dual approach of the book along system or procedural lines.
Assessment: This book fulfills the need for a good text for a medical consultant. It is up-to-date in a field that has changed rapidly. Its unique presentation of topics makes it a very usable text. This book replaces others in its field, and I would strongly recommend it to practitioners of consultative medicine and residents learning this field.