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July 23, 1997

Mastery of Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver

JAMA. 1997;278(4):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550040097049

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The mission of Mastery of Surgery, as defined by its creators, is to be a "comprehensive text encompassing a broad cross-section of that which the general surgeon is apt to encounter." The third edition of this well-established work accomplishes that mission, as have its predecessors. Mastery of Surgery is one of the most readable and useful general surgical texts available today. The editors, two original and one new, have reorganized the third rendering, changed the authorship of many chapters, added new ones where appropriate, and expanded the book by almost 250 pages.

Mastery of Surgery is thoughtfully laid out in nine major sections that encompass all of current general surgical practice and a bit more. Each begins with a chapter on the practical anatomy and clinically relevant anomalies of the body parts to be dealt with. The superb opening section deals with perioperative care and includes new chapters on enteral