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Critical Surgical Care should not be considered to be an attempt to provide a textbook for the student or practitioner who wishes to learn de novo about this topic. Rather, it is an attractive concept in which lectures given in a continuing education course are edited to provide an up-to-date coverage of controversial areas and recent advances. The style is therefore much more pleasant than a standard textbook type since the authors' opinions and approaches are very much in evidence. This results in a book that is both pleasant to read and easy to learn from.
There were significant differences of opinions expressed in various chapters and one would have liked to hear some debate such as the usual panel discussion at meetings. This could have provided the reader with some insight as to which of the opinions he wished to make his own. One significant drawback, in my opinion,
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