Current Surgical Therapy has been the go-to resource for both residents and practitioners
The first edition of Current Surgical Therapy was published in 1984. The textbook has thus been in existence for more than 33 years, and this is the twelfth edition. In each edition, we have updated the material to reflect the continuing evolution of the field of general surgery. The textbook continues to be perhaps the most popular surgical book in the country, and as long as it fulfills a need, we plan to continue the publication every 3 years. It has been a special privilege and honor for the two editors to be able to review contributions from surgeons around the country and, indeed, from around the world, on what they believe is the current surgical therapy for virtually all general surgical topics. It is an enjoyable task and keeps two surgeons, who care for surgical patients, current on all general surgical topics.
The twelfth edition contains more than 280 chapters. This is twice the number of chapters in the first edition of Current Surgical Therapy. The length, however, has been held constant through the last few editions in an effort to keep the text at a manageable size. As with prior editions, nearly every chapter is new and has been written by a new author. All authors have contributed their specific and personal thoughts on the current surgical therapy of the disease about which they are experts. Therefore, to obtain a broad view of the topic, the reader should review the contributions of other experts in the last two or three editions of Current Surgical Therapy.
As with the past editions, disease presentation, pathophysiology, and diagnosis are discussed only briefly, with the emphasis on current surgical therapy. When an operative procedure is discussed, an effort has been made to contain brief and concise descriptions, with figures and diagrams, when possible. Current Surgical Therapy is written for surgical residents, fellows, and fully trained surgeons in private practice or in an academic setting. Many have told us that it is an excellent textbook to review before taking the general surgical boards or recertifying. In addition, medical students have given us feedback that they believe the text is of value to them. However, Current Surgical Therapy is not written principally for medical students. We believe a more classic surgical textbook with substantial sections on disease presentation, diagnosis, and pathophysiology is more appropriate for medical students.
We remain grateful to the many surgeons throughout the country, as well as to the international surgeons, who participated in creating this textbook. Most of the potential authors whom we solicit respond enthusiastically to the opportunity to present their expert views. Their efforts obviously are what make this textbook a success. In addition, Andrew and I could not have compiled this textbook without the herculean efforts of Ms. Irma Silkworth, who has been involved with virtually all of these editions. Ms. Katie DeFrancesco at Elsevier has also been a terrific help and stands out in the publishing industry.
Both editors continue to enjoy and thrive in our chosen profession of general surgery. In recruiting medical students into our specialty over the last 40 years, I have used the statement, “If you pick a profession you love, you never have to work the rest of your life.” In our view, that profession is surgery.
Finally, we would like to dedicate this edition, as with the others,
to the surgical house staff and fellows at the Johns Hopkins Hospital,
who are “the best of the best.”