Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Robert J. Baker and Josef E. Fischer, 4th ed, 2448 pp, with illus, $359, ISBN 0-7817-2328-0, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
I reviewed Mastery of Surgery for this journal five years ago when the third edition was published.1 At that time, I stated that it was "one of the most readable and useful general surgical texts available." I believe the same can be said now for the fourth edition.
Professor Lloyd Nyhus, senior editor of the first three editions, has turned over the reins of the fourth edition to Professors Baker and Fischer. En face, the two-volume fourth edition takes up about one inch less shelf space, has a different publisher, a different color, one additional chapter, and 84 more pages than its predecessor. A closer look reveals that a great deal has also changed inside. Twelve chapters have vanished, and 13 new or reorganized ones have appeared. Numerous chapters have new authors. The comment sections written by one of the two editors for each chapter are longer and more detailed. The illustrations, which were generally excellent in the third edition, have been made even more consistent and crisper.
SurgeryMastery of Surgery, vols 1 & 2. JAMA. 2002;287(20):2717-2718. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2717