By Ronald Lee Nichols, Newton E. Hyslop Jr, and John G. Bartlett, 389 pp, $59.50, Philadelphia, Pa, BC Decker Inc, 1991.
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Surgeons are confronted with a diverse array of clinical problems that must be solved quickly and decisively. This unusual textbook is a valuable source of quick, clear, and concise information concerning essentially every problem related to surgical infections. Each of 125 chapters uses only a few pages to present a defined topic in an algorithm ("decision tree" or "flow diagram") format. Each algorithm is accompanied with a short text explaining each of the branches on the decision tree. In addition, each chapter contains two to seven key references, permitting easy access to additional information. Examples of specific topics/chapters include: fever in the postoperative period, antibiotic prophylaxis in specific surgical procedures, diabetes in foot ulcers, adverse reactions to antibiotics, infected aneurysms, burn wound sepsis, and needle-stick injuries. The reader can select a clinical problem and quickly look up the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available for solving that problem. Prophylaxis, diagnosis,
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