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Book Review
April 1999

Safe Answers for the American Board of Surgery Certifying Exam

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4th ed, by Sarmad Aji, MD, 263 pp, $74.95, 1998. [Available only by mail order: PO Box #1920, Clintwood, VA 24228.]

Arch Surg. 1999;134(4):448-449. doi:

Although not a surgical text in the traditional sense, this practical reference will serve many readers' needs. This work has recently been published in a much improved and updated fourth edition and represents a commendable effort on the part of Sarmad Aji, MD.

This reference is designed to review the commonly asked questions on the American Board of Surgery Certifying Examination. The author states that he interviewed countless numbers of examinees and board examiners and gathered together their experiences with questions commonly asked on the examination. Dr Aji has sought to present these topics in a logical, consistent, and thoughtful style that he hopes will allow the reader to answer the rare question not covered in the chapters. This edition, in contrast to previous versions, is improved by its complete table of contents and its correct use of English. The previous editions suffered from rampant typographical and grammatical errors, although the surgical management strategies presented were sound. This book is not written in a strict question and answer format, but does often offer an example of a generic patient (whom you might even think that you recognize) to lead off the discussion about the workup of each particular topic, such as a 35-year-old woman with a breast mass.

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