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May 7, 1982

Manual of Surgical Therapeutics

JAMA. 1982;247(17):2431. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320420073049

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Though the title is somewhat misleading, rarely has this reviewer had the opportunity to consider a book of this sort in such detail. It has been entitled Manual of Surgical Therapeutics, but after getting through the material, it seems that it might more appropriately have been titled Treatment of the Acutely Ill and Injured.

Each chapter is filled with gems of medical information presented in brief and understandable form. The chapter on cardiac arrhythmias suffers somewhat from lack of "typical" ECG patterns for several common cardiac problems seen in the emergency room, the intensive care unit, and the surgical wards, such as heart block. The chapter on intestinal obstruction is particularly complete. The section on drains and tubes (p 154) should be mandatory reading for all medical students and surgical house officers. A welcome addition is the outstanding chapter on surgical infections, which includes the most recent available information. The