MODERN SURGICAL CARE: PHYSIOLOGIC FOUNDATIONS AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS, TWO-VOLUME SET, THIRD EDITION
Bibliographic Data: Informa Healthcare/Taylor & Francis, 2006. ISBN: 0-8247-2869-6, 1241 pages, hard cover, US$399.95.
Reviewer's Expert Opinion
Description: This is the third edition of a book that emphasizes the physiology of organ systems affected by surgical problems and procedures. The first edition was published in 1988 and the second edition in 1998. Purpose: Surgical disease is presented in the context of physiologic changes. Audience: Students and residents with a broad interest in surgical disease will find this book attractive. Editors and authors are American authorities in surgery and represent leading medical schools in North America. Features: Initial chapters cover the general management of the surgical patient with consideration of infection, bleeding disorders, shock, neoplasia, and anesthesia. A second group of chapters discusses surgical physiology by organ system, proceeding first through the gastrointestinal tract followed by the cardiovascular, nervous, peripheral vascular, and endocrine systems. Wound healing and cutaneous considerations are discussed followed by reviews of physiologic changes at the extremes of life. Chapters are written in detail and contain extensive reference lists dating to within 2 to 3 years of publication. Black-and-white line drawings, photographs, and radiographs appear throughout, but print quality can be better in some of the figures. The table of contents provides chapters in appropriately organized groups, gives authorship, and provides subheadings for each presentation. An extensive subject index of more than 20 pages concludes the book. Assessment: I agree with the observation made by Dr. Miller in his preface that the approach to surgical disorders is frequently based on memorized schemes or protocols rather than thorough understanding of pathophysiology. This book is an appropriate tool to address this problem. Although this is a complementary, rather than a stand-alone, text, I enjoyed reading it. It will be of particular service to those working in preparation for in-training and board examinations.
David J. Dries, MD
(University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn)