Schwartz and his associate editors, and their 40-odd contributors, have put together a surgical textbook that very well may be the best of its kind. The work is in two major parts. The first 12 chapters (vol 1) consider broad general topics that are the basis of surgical practice; the remaining 39 chapters (vol 2) take up the various organ systems. Each chapter begins with an outline and closes with a bibliography arranged by topics to correspond with the chapter outline.
Volume 1 deals with surgical metabolism, fluid and electrolyte therapy, blood, circulation, sepsis, trauma, burns, wound healing, oncology, transplantation, anesthesia, and surgical complications. Of these general chapters, each of which is an excellent and independent monograph, the one on transplantation by David Hume and Richard Lower is outstanding. After a scholarly discussion of transplantation biology, the authors present a comprehensive review of clinical applications. The bibliography that closes the
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