October 1983

Basic Surgery

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Lexington, Ky


ed 2, edited by Hiram C. Polk, Jr, H. Harlan Stone, and Bernard Gardner, 692 pp, with illus, $24.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1983.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(10):1228. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390100090026

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This 1983 edition is the second effort by these editors to produce a surgical text that is somewhere between standard surgical textbooks and shorter volumes representing "mere abridgements of the standard works." They present the reader with common complaints that require surgical evaluation and treatment. The list of contributors is impressive, and the 48 chapters are divided into four sections. Section III, "Patient Presentations," represents two thirds of the text. Only about 15% of its 477 pages are devoted to actual patient presentations, the rest being discussions of the physiology of the disease, diagnostic tests, and treatment modalities.

The book is well written and contains a wealth of information for medical student and resident alike. There are some intriguing chapters that contribute greatly to the overall worth of the text, including a chapter describing the "mathematics" of clinical judgment that indicates perioperative factors toward predicting a patient's response to a

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