2nd ed, edited by Lazar J. Greenfield, 981 pp, $95, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1990.
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This is a very good text. The majority of chapters are well written with excellent references. A particularly strong feature is the wealth of information concerning the incidence of complications in almost all of the chapters. Particularly helpful is the table in chapter 61 for quick reference. Part 4 is a strong section and could serve as a model for future revisions.
Some of the chapters are inconsistent in style. Consistency is obviously difficult to achieve in a multiauthored text and, particularly, with a difficult subject matter such as that of Complications in Surgery and Trauma. Nevertheless, some of the better chapters could serve as a framework for style in the next edition. The chapters that give a historical review and evolution of complications, including how treatment has changed over time, are especially interesting. The chapters usually give the pathophysiology of the disease process, operative mistakes, and the authors' recommendation
TRUNKEY DD. Complications in Surgery and Trauma. Arch Surg. 1990;125(8):1079-1080. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410200145024