June 1988

Surgical Infections

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by A. Pollock, 246 pp, $34.50, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1987.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(6):784. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400300130032

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This chatty volume involves the informal reflections of what a clinical surgeon thinks is interesting or important in the field of surgical infections.

Presumably, this work written by Dr Pollock, a Hunterian Professor of Surgery, is intended to be light reading for the candidate preparing for a Primary Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons. The book's major weakness is in trying to cover too many subjects in too short a space and in too informal a manner. Thirty-four chapters in a book of this size leaves about six pages each for such subjects as burns, metabolic and hemodynamic consequences of sepsis, and infections in an immunocompromised host. Fewer chapters of larger caliber would have been preferable to using merely "a whiff of grape."

The most valuable part of the book is the 24 pages devoted to clinical audit in infection, clinical trials, and statistics as they relate to

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