Only rarely does an editor fulfill his objective as well as VanderSalm, Cutler, and Wheeler have. They set out to provide an atlas for senior medical students and junior residents that would explicitly and plainly describe the indications, techniques, and complications of invasive bedside procedures. They succeeded in producing a manual that should supply a solid conceptual framework to the surgeon training to perform all types of procedures commonly done in intensive care units, emergency rooms, and the surgical wards.
Although atlases of this type can regress to cookbook format, this textbook definitely does not. The outline format and schematic drawings are clear and easy to follow. The techniques described were selected as those most successful in the author's experience. The list of complications is complete, and the bibliography, which is mostly annotated, is an excellent reference source.
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