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June 6, 1986

Manual of Medical Care of the Surgical Patient

Author Affiliations

State University of New York Stony Brook

JAMA. 1986;255(21):3022. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370210190035

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This is the third edition of a 302-page spiral-bound manual, which should indicate its popularity. The manual proposes to provide a ready reference for the medical problems encountered by the physician caring for a surgical patient, and within the space limits imposed has succeeded very well.

There are 18 short chapters, including "Anesthesia" (for the monanesthesiologist) and "Special Problems of the Aged." The chapter on anesthesia, though interesting, could easily have been omitted, as it adds nothing to the "medical care" format.

The chapters vary in quality and suffer from a problem common to all manuals, namely, how to include all pertinent material in a few pages! Despite this limitation, the chapters on the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, fluids and electrolytes, renal disease, the hematologic system, nutrition, and the respiratory system provide much useful, easily accessible information.

The manual in my opinion would be most useful for the medical