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September 24, 1997

Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice

Author Affiliations

University of South Florida Tampa

JAMA. 1997;278(12):1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550120098050

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Textbook of Surgery Pocket Companion, by David C. Sabiston, Jr, and H. Kim Lyerly, 853 pp, paper, ISBN 0-7216-8670-2, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.

Review of Surgery, by David C. Sabiston, Jr, 268 pp, paper, $30, ISBN 0-7216-8671-0, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

Perhaps the most telling aspect of the 15th edition of Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery is the fact that it is the 15th edition. It continues to be the standard to which others must aspire. Dr Sabiston has assembled a group of contributors who are respected leaders. Their chapters are concise, informative, and expert.

The book's consistent format allows the reader to quickly access information in a predictable way. Six new chapters are added without diluting other important information, and the text remains in a manageable single volume.

The chapter on molecular biology is well illustrated and complete. Those who have an interest in the basics