Essentials of General Surgery Fourth Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781750035
ISBN-10: 0781750032
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 627 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Fourth edition (July 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781750032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781750035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Idiot900 on April 23, 2011
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This thick book contains a good mix and great deal of information, but the writing style is terrible. At every step, the authors go to great lengths to use the most verbose and indulgent language possible. Cut all the fluffy verbiage out and you would have a considerably clearer book that contains 100% of the information in far fewer pages.

I would love to have the time to actually sit down and read this book properly. But a surgery clerkship simply does not afford enough time for that - there are simply not enough hours available when you work 15-17 hour days and were also hoping to eat and sleep. I cannot imagine why some clerkship directors feel that students should read this book. The only saving grace is that there are some 600 practice questions available on the publisher's website that you can access with the scratch-off code included inside the front cover.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Mcleod on February 10, 2006
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Although Essentials of General Surgery has a place. It is just that "GENERAL". It has limited info about specifics related to procedures. See review titled MUSHY posted by another reviewer. "Essentials of Surgical Specialties" is much more detail oriented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Nash on May 29, 2010
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This book is very well written and easy to understand. It does not go in great depth like Sabiston, but it is very good for a third year rotation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lynch on May 16, 2007
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We all know about Lawrence's Essentials book. Lawrence provided a great review of physiology, wound healing, and perioperative care all while keeping the depth appropriate to a medical student. Students are often asked about anatomy relevant to the procedure at hand but some of the questioning from attendings has to do with the procedure itself. The section at the end on surgical procedures helps orient you to some of the most common cases seen on a general surgery rotation. It is in your best interest to not only be up on the anatomy of the case, but the procedure details as well. This book provides a general overview of anatomy, physiology, as well as relevant complications of each type of case . It is organized by systems, as most texts are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. on September 10, 2011
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I bought this for my 3rd year med school Surgery rotation. It ended up being a bit too much for studying for the exam, but as a resource for reading up on the details of a particular subject, it was great. It also provides very useful diagrams and tables.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Resident on October 28, 2010
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This book has a lot of good information, but with the extremely limited time available during surgery clerkship it is too dense to use as a study guide. Even if you are interested in doing surgery I think there would be a better more comprehensive textbook that you could buy to continue to use after clerkship. In 10 weeks I probably opened this book 5 or 6 times.
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By Amol Ekhande on February 26, 2008
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This book can be read in a short time and give sufficient knowledge base for surgery clerkship. With that said, I did not like the format of the book as I felt it was too bland. This could be however a result of all the high yeild/bullet format books out on the market that I might be used to. I recommend reading only a select chapters in this book.
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By C$ on March 10, 2013
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Had to get this book for class. Chapters are long. I think it should be broken up more. Most of it is straight forward so it is a pretty easy read, despite the length. Probably not going to use it as a reference on rotations.
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