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It was great fun to review this new text, Management of Medical Problems in Surgical Patients. There is no question that there is a great need for this type of text. There has been no available textbook to assist consultants to general surgeons and surgical specialists in dealing with medical problems in their patients. The editor points out clearly that much practical information has been gathered from a diversity of sources to provide a single source of information. He also points out that the authors have been careful to avoid dogmatic approaches. This is laudable, but, in a field like this where there often is insufficient information in the literature but where experienced clinicians have empiric observations from their practice, more bias might be useful to the reader.
It is also pointed out that an attempt was made to prevent the text from becoming another large text-book of medicine. Although
Byyny RL. Management of Medical Problems in Surgical Patients. JAMA. 1983;249(18):2544. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330420088045
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