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February 1975

Ferguson's Surgery of the Ambulatory Patient

Arch Surg. 1975;110(2):226-227. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360080092028

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This new and extensively revised edition of the classic textbook of ambulatory surgery has been thoughtfully prepared to meet the challenges presented by the current crisis in delivery of health care, + particularly the rapidly rising costs of inpatient surgical care.

The editor has succinctly described the indications and principles that govern the selection of patients for ambulatory surgery, and the book is introduced with an excellent chapter on the planning of an ambulatory surgical unit. The traditional regional anatomical approach is effectively utilized throughout the book, with particularly strong sections on the scalp, face, salivary glands, breast, perianal region, back, genitourinary system, and extremities. Surgical patients usually are admitted with a reasonably well-localized complaint, so the value of the regional approach to diagnosis and treatment is clearly apparent. The chapters on anesthesia, dressings and bandages, wounds, infections, bites, burns, frostbite, and foreign bodies are all excellent, with an appropriate balance

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