January 16, 1991

Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Management

Author Affiliations

University of California San Francisco

University of California San Francisco


by Robert B. Smith and Richard M. Ehrlich, 2nd ed, 669 pp, with illus, $85, ISBN 0-7216-8414-9, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1990.

JAMA. 1991;265(3):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460030109041

This second edition of a valuable book first published in 1976 is more comprehensive and brings the subject up to 1988 (a two-year time lag is usual with multiauthored books). Complications are a recurrent problem for urologists, especially with the newer procedures such as bladder augmentation and percutaneous stone extraction. Smith and Ehrlich have assembled the stars of urologic surgery—including themselves— to write from personal experience, making the book highly authoritative.

All of the major and many of the minor complications are included so that the urologist not only may anticipate and avoid them, but also may use the recommendations of the authors to correct them should they occur. The complications are clearly described and their remedies can be readily applied.

The first several chapters on metabolic, pulmonary, infectious, cardiac, and anesthetic principles and complications are scholarly and instructive and will be a fine source for study, although more focus