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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the 17th edition of one of the classic textbooks in surgery.
Purpose: A comprehensive work providing an overview of surgical science, not only for the general surgeon but also for the surgical specialist, is provided.
Audience: The student, trainee, and practitioner of surgery may benefit from this work. Teachers will find the pedagogic tools useful. Editors and authors are leading clinicians and scientists in surgery. Most, but not all, of these authors come from North American medical schools.
Features: The book's 76 chapters are divided into predictable sections beginning with basic principles of surgery and continuing through perioperative management and trauma and concluding with an anatomic grouping of chapters according to surgical subspecialty. Final chapters describe multisystem care such as pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and genitourinary specialties. Chapters are well written and beautifully illustrated. Texture of type, boxes and line drawings are used with great effect to emphasize important points. Detailed reference lists are included with primary works dating to within one year of publication. The overall quality of line drawings and color illustrations is excellent. For the most part, photographs and radiograph reproductions are very good to excellent as well. The table of contents groups chapters by type and lists authors. A highly detailed index includes separate citations for topics, figures, tables, and boxes.
Assessment: This 17th edition is a significant advance over the previous edition published only three years ago. Illustrations and production quality have been radically improved. A CD-ROM is included to allow access to illustrations for PowerPoint presentations. Although information in some areas, such as trauma and minimally invasive surgery, is scattered throughout the book, these are minor concerns. The 17th edition of the Sabiston Textbook of Surgery belongs in the front rank of tools for the surgical practitioner.