Basic Surgery is a 650-page textbook written for medical students, interns, and surgical residents "as a guide to understanding the pathophysiologic processes and explaining clinical phenomena." The book is well organized into 35 chapters grouped into four units. Thirty-six contributors from the United States, Canada, and the British Isles cover total care of the surgical patient (general surgery and its subspecialties). The text is well illustrated; anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic processes are elucidated in many line drawings and half-tones, and there is an eight-page color atlas of anatomy.
Unit I, "Basic Considerations," stresses basic science concepts that are important in surgical care. The chapter covering the metabolic response to starvation, sepsis, and trauma and the chapter on pulmonary and cardiovascular failure cover 80 pages, are well documented, and could be recommended for anyone interested in patient care. The chapter on surgical infections has a good section on the various antibiotics