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April 23, 1997

Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

Keesler Medical Center Keesler Air Force Base, Miss

JAMA. 1997;277(16):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540400079042

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Surgeons will enter the new millennium with a textbook of surgery that is the newest, most comprehensive, singlevolume work published to date. As a bonus, it comes with a user-friendly review manual equipped with Windows 3.1 study and self-test software. Lazar Greenfield's second edition of Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice upgrades what was already an outstanding text. One does not need a wheelbarrow to carry this volume, which, although the size of a large dictionary, has easy-to-read print and generous illustrations.

Part 1, about a third of the volume, is entitled "Scientific Principles" and meets the challenge of today's emphasis on basic science in the study and practice of surgery. There are the standard chapters on nutrition and metabolism, wound healing, fluids and electrolytes and acidbase balance, infection, and shock. The extensive chapter on trauma is a mini textbook in itself with over 400 references. It has an excellent review