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March 1980

Pre- and Post-Operative Evaluation of Surgical Patients

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Los Angeles

Arch Surg. 1980;115(3):353. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380030095025

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This text contains considerable information about selected nonsurgical subjects of importance to the surgeon. These include radiographic interpretation, cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, antibiotic therapy, and interpretation of results of laboratory studies. Almost one quarter of the text is devoted to a useful review of the diagnosis and treatment of the entire spectrum of endocrine disorders. The chapter on cancer chemotherapy provides a very good synopsis of the current status of this form of therapy. However, information retrieval is hampered by a poor index.

The title of the monograph stresses evaluation of the patient, and in the preface the author states, "This text is intended to provide a practical model of pre- and postoperative care for the student in the clerkship rotation, the surgical resident, and the attending surgeon." Consequent to a number of omissions, the text does not achieve these ambitious goals. Evaluation of the cardiovascular system is almost ignored,

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