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Book and Media Reviews
October 14, 2009

Current Surgical Therapy

JAMA. 2009;302(14):1593. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1467

Cameron's Current Surgical Therapy remains one of the most useful textbooks in the general surgeon's library. Its classic format consists of short chapters (typically 5 pages or less) written by acknowledged experts. The chapters cover the breadth of general surgery but are primarily directed at therapy and well fitted to a busy surgeon's needs.

Over the last 2 decades, earlier editions have been embraced by surgical residents and fellows preparing for their oral board examinations, who subsequently rediscovered the value of their “old Cameron” in their new surgical practices. Having dusted off their old editions, these surgeons then learned that a new edition would be published every 3 years. Each new edition had the same format and was concise, yet broad in scope, and always with new authors and new ideas. Surgeons accumulated multiple editions, with each edition containing favorite chapters that proved helpful over the years.

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