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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Evgeny V. Arshava, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This is an excellent in-depth review of the management of surgical conditions in elderly. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The goal is to present up-to-date information in all aspects of care for patients in advanced years of life. As our society is steadily aging, it becomes more and more important to be familiar with the principles and the skillful management of these complex issues. The elements of this field are frequently unique and require careful analysis. The editors and authors have successfully accomplished this difficult task.
Audience: It is an excellent resource for any physician taking care of elderly patient and all surgeons and surgical trainees.
Features: The book is divided into sections, each of which focuses on a variety of aspects of surgical care: physiology, social and ethical issues, perioperative care, and conditions by organ systems. Every section consists of several chapters detailing various surgical conditions, their diagnosis and management. Many of the chapters have a case study format with detailed discussions. Many topics in this update have been expanded with a more comprehensive review of the subject (for example, pathology of the head and neck). The book is well illustrated and has an extensive, up-to-date literature review.
Assessment: This excellent book is a significant contribution to the library of contemporary surgery. It is written and edited by experts and is the most extensive guide on surgical care for elderly patients at the present time. With rapidly advancing technology and expanding knowledge, this is a timely update.