Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Lazar J. Greenfield, Michael W. Mulholland, Keith T. Oldham, Gerald B. Zelenock, and Keith D. Lillemoe, 3rd ed, 2416 pp, with illus, $149, ISBN 0-7817-2254-3, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
Dr Lazar Greenfield's most recent edition of Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice is the third version of this work in only 8 years. This incredible turnaround time explains the popularity of Greenfield among general surgery program directors nationwide, who require a textbook with the most current perspectives for their residents, medical students, and teaching staff.
This writer was privileged to review the second edition of Greenfield1 and can confirm that the standard of excellence established by the editor-in-chief and his colleagues at the time the book was first published has been maintained despite the short interval between editions. The editors have made very few changes in the chapter topics and, most remarkable, have replaced almost half of the 200 contributors, thus ensuring that the reader receives fresh viewpoints and an abundance of new information.
SurgerySurgery: Scientific Principles and Practice. JAMA. 2002;287(1):116-117. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.116-JBK0102-3-1