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May 16, 1977

Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Management

Author Affiliations

University of California School of Medicine San Francisco

JAMA. 1977;237(20):2236. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270470072037

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Here we have a book designed both to help us stay out of trouble and get us out of it once we are already in. The editors have lined up 28 outstanding urologic surgeons to tell us how.

If surgical interventions were perfectly conceived and executed, complications would not occur. The authors, starting from this premise, describe operations readily available in texts or journals. But it is a convenience for the busy urologic surgeon to have the techniques reviewed for him.

After explaining how to do the operation correctly, each author—himself an expert or he would not have been asked to write his chapter—describes what he conceives to be the troubles some surgeons get into (or which he may have endured). In each chapter, for each operation, we are told not only how we should have prevented complications (so we won't do it again), we are also taught how to