Páginas: 389 págs.Autores:
William, A.; Altemeier, John F.; Burke, Basil A.; Pruitt, Jr.; Sandusky, William R.
THE SECOND EDITION of the Manual on Control of Infection in Surgical Patients has been adequately expanded and updated from the first edition, which was published in 1976. This authoritative text has the same editorial subcommittee as the first edition authored by Drs. William A. Altemeier, John F. Burke, Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., and William R. Sandusky. As with the first edition, it is the product of the Committee on Control of Surgical Infections of the Committee on Pre- and Postoperative Care of the American College of Surgeons.
This edition has been dedicated to Dr. William A. Altemeier, whose long, intense interest and productivity in the field of surgical microbiology has been the dominant catalyst primarily responsible for our present knowledge of this important field. As Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads has stated in the foreword, “it is a source of deep regret that Dr. Altemeier did not live to see the second edition in print.”
Unlike the first edition, which was the product of four national symposia (1970 to 1972) concerning various aspects of surgical infection, this edition has been updated from new material presented at the annual meetings of the Surgical Infection Society, which was organized under the leadership of Dr. Altemeier in 1980.
The extensive revision from the first edition has increased the length of this edition by about one third (353 pages). A new chapter on “Infections in the Immunocompromised Host” has been added, while the plentiful illustrations, tables, and graphics seen in the first edition have been increased and updated. Extensive changes have been made in the chapters concerning viral hepatitis, metabolism of sepsis, and use of antimicrobials. Emphasis has been placed on the efficacy and safety of the newer antimicrobial agents recommended for use on the surgical wards.
As in the first edition, this manual does not attempt to be a definitive text and clearly states that other methods or approaches other than those presented may be equally successful in each specific case.
This reviewer feels that this manual offers a “state of the art” approach. I enthusiastically recommend that this book be read by surgeons, residents, and others interested in the prevention and treatment of surgical infections.Committee on Control of Surgical Infections of the Committee on Pre and Pstoperative Care