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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the third edition of a manual summarizing key information about the management of patients with acute surgical problems. This edition has been expanded to include emergency general surgery.
Purpose: A ready pocket reference is provided for surgical emergencies.
Audience: Surgical and emergency medicine trainees facing surgical emergencies are an appropriate audience for this work which features faculty from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Tennessee.
Features: Despite an increase in size from previous editions, this manual continues to fit in a lab coat pocket. Initial chapters parallel those in previous editions with an emphasis on resuscitation and management of trauma based on organ system considerations. The section on critical care is expanded and 15 new chapters describe acute general surgical problems often seen in the practice of trauma surgeons. Problems covered in this new group of chapters include the acute abdomen, vascular emergencies, gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel obstruction, cholecystitis, and finally obstetric and gynecologic emergencies. The 67 chapters are written in outline format with texture of type highlighting key ideas and dividing outline subheads. Line drawings and tables help to summarize essential data. Some chapters include an extensive list of primary sources dating to within three years of publication. In other chapters, references are omitted or secondary sources are cited. The table of contents lists chapters and authorship while three concluding appendixes provide standard trauma registry forms, a tetanus prophylaxis algorithm, and injury assessment scales produced by the trauma community.
Assessment: This edition is significantly expanded from the two previous editions to reflect the expanded role of the acute care surgeon. This excellent pocket reference may be combined with the recent book, Acute Care Surgery: Principles and Practice, edited by Britt et al. (Springer, 2007), for a more complete review of this field.