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December 10, 1982

The Surgeon's Handbook

Author Affiliations

Cleveland Clinic Foundation


by Frank T. Kurzweg (MEPC Handbook Series), 552 pp, paper, $25, New Hyde Park, NY 11042 (3003 New Hyde Park Rd), Medical Examination Publishing Co Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3036. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220076052

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This soft-cover handbook is designed for the beginning medical student or surgical resident, to be used as a concise reference book, which can be carried in the pocket. In the preface, the author states that this book was designed as "a concise textbook covering the entire field of surgery... a condensed presentation like a skeleton of the entire body."

The book is 552 pages in length and is divided into two sections. Part 1 covers general topics and the management of various presenting complaints including the history and physical examination, organization of the medical record, neck masses, breast examination, dysphagia, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, jaundice, change in bowel habits, lung mass, and hemoptysis.

Part 2 is an organized review of various surgical problems or diseases including preoperative evaluation and preparation of the patient for an operative procedure, preoperative and postoperative orders, postoperative complications, fluids and electrolytes, infection, shock, nutrition, and