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August 9, 1995

Surgery: A Problem-Solving Approach

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SUNY-Stony Brook (Emeritus) Stony Brook, NY

JAMA. 1995;274(6):507-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530060083044

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Surgery  : A Problem-Solving Approach is a two-volume set with 90 well-chosen contributors. The first edition, edited solely by John H. Davis and titled Clinical Surgery, was released in 1987 and consisted of both a mammoth two-volume set (3213 pages) followed in 1991 by a companion abridged version (572 pages). The 1995 update, reduced to 2477 pages, has been well crafted through elimination of some material, combining of chapters, and more precision, remaining consistent with the text's intent. The 1400 graphics, both new and updated material, are informative and well intergrated with the text. The algorithms and "how-to" drawings are particularly well thought out and should prove very helpful for residents in training and clinical surgeons.A general textbook in most instances serves as a primary source of information but of necessity cannot cover everything, hence the problem-solving approach, which also characterized the first edition. In an exemplary fashion, the material

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