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November 11, 1983

Basic Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City

JAMA. 1983;250(18):2553. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340180097045

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Basic Surgery is a new approach to surgical texts. The editors and the 43 contributors have designed it to present to the student a discussion of surgically treated diseases based on the presenting complaint.

The book is divided into four sections. The first, "General Approach to Surgery," discusses surgical attitudes and perspectives, the mathematics of clinical judgment, and anesthetic considerations. This serves as a general introduction and gives the reader a feeling for the author's overall philosophy. The second section, "The Physiology of Surgical Diseases," deals with basic principles that the student needs to understand regardless of the specific disease. This overview is somewhat brief, but covers the area well. The text is well augmented by the tables and illustrations. The charts in the chapter on fluid and electrolytes may be particularly helpful to the student. The approach in this section is not substantially different from other standard texts and,