Description: This book describes a variety of intraoperative and postoperative problems that could occur with surgical procedures from the basic to the complex. The procedures are introduced, pitfalls are discussed, and plans for taking care of complications are detailed in a logical fashion.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe problems that occur during and after a procedure, with the goal of helping surgeons when they are confronted with the same problems. This is a noble task: to point out the mistakes one has made so that others do not stumble in the same way. This book does a good job of pointing out the obvious and not so obvious.
Audience: Novice surgeons, especially those later in their training, are the primary audience, but the book also is meant to start a discussion among senior surgeons.
Features: The book covers about 80 procedures, from the most straightforward to the more complex. It does an excellent job of describing the procedures with superb illustrations and some of the best intraoperative color photos I've seen in books. Besides discussing pitfalls in surgery, the book does thorough job of explaining the procedures in an understandable fashion.
Assessment: This is a much-needed discussion of the bad side of surgery. This book allows younger surgeons to benefit from the mistakes of those who trained before them.