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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is an update of one of the major comprehensive textbooks in surgery. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: It provides a review of general surgery, its biology, and major subspecialties.
Audience: Surgeons in practice and trainees at all levels are an appropriate audience for this work featuring contributions from major academic surgery programs throughout the United States.
Features: After an initial review of basic surgical principles, the book discusses perioperative care, trauma, transplantation, and surgical oncology. Subsequent chapters deal with body regions, including head and neck, endocrine and breast, esophageal, abdominal and thoracic conditions. A concluding section of seven chapters describe surgical subspecialties including pediatrics, neurosurgery, plastic and hand surgery, gynecology, and urology. A separate chapter reviews management of the pregnant patient. Chapters are clearly written and beautifully illustrated. Reference lists are abundant and date to within two years of publication. In general, references come from the primary literature. The table of contents groups chapters by type of content and the book edge is color-coded by chapter grouping. A detailed subject index of over 40 pages provides broad access to content with separate citations for tables and figures.
Assessment: This remains one of the standard textbooks in the field along with Greenfield's Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice, 5th edition, Mulholland, et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011), and Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, 9th edition, Brunicardi et al. (McGraw Hill, 2010). This edition adds significant new content from new authors. Both clinical and basic science get excellent coverage. Clinical chapters open with clear review of pertinent anatomy, physiology, pathology, and history where applicable. Illustrations are superb. Online supplements including references are available. Due to improved production, the content is increased and the total page number is decreased.