|Oxford Specialist Handbook of Post-Operative Complications|
|Thursday, 02 September 2010|
Oxford Specialist Handbook of Post-Operative Complications, Leaper D & Whitaker I (Eds), Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN: 978-0199546268, RRP: £34.95
The new Oxford Specialist Handbook of Post-Operative Complications retains the familiar pocket-sized format and easy-to-read style of the series. It is aimed at surgical trainees in all specialties and undergraduates alike, but could easily have an extended appeal to members of the multidisciplinary theatre and ward team.
General complications of surgery are addressed within the book’s first section and, as one would expect, there are chapters on post-operative pain issues, fluid management and cardiovascular complications. There are also useful comments regarding nutrition, the use of medicines in surgery and the topical subject of surgery-associated infections.
Section two is devoted to the particular complications encountered within the surgical subspecialties. In some cases, there is overlap in subject area but for the most part they provide a comprehensive guide of common and uncommon complications.
The book’s concise approach makes it an invaluable resource for all surgical trainees and especially those often required to provide out of hours cover for specialties in which they have little first-hand experience.
I would happily recommend this book not only to those studying towards the MRCS examination but also to undergraduates looking to prepare themselves for real life problems encountered from the first day in the job.