May 1995

Fundamental Skills in Surgery

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Buffalo, NY


by Thomas F. Nealon, Jr, and William H. Nealon, 478 pp, $40, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.

Arch Surg. 1995;130(5):561. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430050111023

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When I first received a copy of Fundamental Skills in Surgery for review, my initial impression as I flipped through the text was that this was not a very good book and was too elementary for the needs of surgical residents today. But on a second look, I realized that my initial impression was based on the amount of time I had spent trying to develop and teach the basic science curriculum in surgical education and the selective memory loss of what it was like to be starting out as a surgical house officer on day 1. This is a must-read text for junior surgical residents and those students doing their first surgical rotation.

Behavior in the operating room and care of the patients is learned as apprenticeship; see one, do one, teach one. It would be nice to have a road map along the way, and this book is

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