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Book and Media Reviews
March 28, 2007

Medical Management of the Surgical Patient: A Textbook of Perioperative Medicine

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(12):1379-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1379-a

To know what you know and to know what you do not know is knowledge.—Henry David Thoreau

Medical Management of the Surgical Patient is a text for diagnosticians who endeavor to serve in the perioperative period. Its clarity will prove valuable in the diagnosis and treatment of subtle conditions and disorders, along with potentially fatal conditions, such as postoperative acute myocardial infarction.

Editor Michael F. Lubin, MD, of Emory University, provides the paradigm of perioperative consultation in his chapter “Surgery in the Elderly” when he addresses why the diagnosis of appendicitis in the elderly is missed: “Because it is never considered!”

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