Principles of Surgery Companion Handbook, edited by Seymour I. Schwartz, 6th ed, 771 pp, soft-cover, $27.50, ISBN 0-07056055-2, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co, 1994.
This is the latest edition of what is now a standard surgical textbook. The editors claim that it is the most extensive revision to date. It is the 25th anniversary edition, and, in addition to new material, it has a number of new authors.
The basic layout remains the same. Part 1, "Basic Considerations," has 12 chapters, six of which have new authors. It includes the usual subjects, such as "Fluids and Electrolytes and Nutrition," "Wound Care," "Complications," and "Infections." Other, more specific chapter subjects are "Trauma," "Oncology," and "Transplantation." All are well done and well illustrated. The chapter on infections has several very useful charts on antibiotics. Virtually all the chapters have new information, and part 1 is longer than that in the previous
Brandt B. Principles of Surgery. JAMA. 1994;272(1):74. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520010092040