Description: This 34th volume continues the tradition of providing concise reviews of general and vascular surgery topics that are relevant to the practicing surgeon.
Purpose: This book is divided into 18 separate treatises that encompass topics in surgical oncology, and endocrine, gastrointestinal, and vascular surgery.
Audience: The intended audience is practicing general or specialist surgeons and residents who want a concise read on a patient problem.
Features: The unique and important features of the chosen topics in this volume are the timeliness and focus on relevant clinical issues that are often not clearly answered in the standard textbooks. For example, the first chapter deals with the current consensus on drain and prophylactic antibiotic use in breast surgery. Other topics that are on the cutting edge of surgical therapy include laparoscopic management of colorectal cancer and minimally invasive parathyroid surgery. The chapters are 10 to 20 pages long, are evenly written, and edited well for clarity and conciseness. Tables and figures, including reproduced radiographs, are well laid out and clarify the accompanying text. The emphasis of this series is clearly clinical and little basic science or theory is included. The only shortcoming I found was in the chapter on cardiovascular grafting for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair: a couple of diagrams comparing the available FDA approved grafts and the basic differences in the stented versus nonstented grafts would have been informative. Also, the last chapter deals with preoperative cardiac evaluation in the elderly and did not mention Eagle's criteria as a valid and simple way to stratify patients for surgical risk. However, these are truly minor criticisms.
Assessment: This volume is well edited and presents very timely and relevant topics. It should be available in every surgical library and is highly recommended for the general surgeon as well.