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Pediatric Surgery, 2-Volume Set, Seventh Edition 
Editors: Arnold G. Coran, N. Scott Adzick, Thomas M. Krummel, Jean-Martin Laberge, Robert C. Shamberger, and Anthony A. Caldamone
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Elsevier/ Saunders
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     For all those familiar with past editions of this text, the fact that this landmark publication has been the definitive reference on all issues dealing with pediatric surgery comes as no surprise.  Originally conceived half a century ago during a time in which the surgical treatment options for children with a wide variety of conditions began to expand as never before, this text has grown and adapted throughout the years.  Today, in its 7th edition, Pediatric Surgery once again appears on the bookshelves and online markets ready for a new generation of surgeons to discover. 

     Its two volumes are edited and written by an impressive list of physicians and researchers who have contributed greatly to the progress in the field and many of which head departments of pediatric surgery at their respective institutions.  The first volume is organized into 5 parts which includes, in addition to a series of general chapters, trauma, tumors, transplant and head & neck.  The second volume contains 4 sections including thorax, abdomen, genitourinary, and special areas. One of the first clues to the quality of this work is that the chapters within each of the sections is allotted an appropriate amount of precious space given the frequency with which it is encountered in daily practice, particularly in more urban medical centers.  There are a few exceptions where new treatment modalities and improved diagnostics warranted more coverage of a relatively less often encountered entity such as malignant liver neoplasms.

     Many readers will be particularly pleased with the care taken in describing the management of common congenital issues not just in the term neonate, but the implications for the premature neonate.  Along these lines, there is also quite thorough coverage of fetal diagnostics and neonatal physiology within a few chapters at the beginning of the first volume.  Surgeons must be well aware of these issues because premature neonates pose a special challenge not only to surgical but also pre and post-op management.  This group of patients continues to make up the bulk of operative cases for many clinicians practicing in a facility with a large NICU.    

     In addition to new technologies and techniques being described within the chapters describing a particular condition, there is a separate chapter focused on reporting about some of the major new options including the increased use of robotic systems.  Another interesting note in this area that is discussed is the use of simulators in surgical training.  Most institutions utilize some degree of simulation in training surgeons in adult procedures but fewer have access to those used in pediatrics.  This is certainly an important point which needs to be addressed since models are quite helpful when dealing with the less developed and smaller anatomy of children. 

     If there were one point of improvement that could be suggested for this comprehensive volume it would be the inclusion of a selection of color photographs which would enhance the ability of the beginner to get a sense of the surgical field pictured.  However, despite this arguable shortcoming, the black and white prints are good and still fulfill their purpose.  There are also a number of original illustrations which work well with the text particularly in discussion of musculoskeletal trauma.

     Past adopters of Pediatric Surgery will not be disappointed and will likely find renewed comfort in trusting the guidance found within the pages of this updated edition.  It is also highly recommended to those new to the field, in their early training years that are most in need of a solid source of information on which to base their future practice.

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Organization of information: 9
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Quality of illustrations: 8
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Value: 9
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Pediatric Surgery, 7th Edition - edited by Arnold G. Coran, Anthony Caldamone, N. Scott Adzick, Thomas M. Krummel, Jean-Martin Laberge, and Robert Shamberger - features comprehensive, up-to-date guidance on all aspects of childhood surgery, including congenital malformations, tumors, trauma, and urologic problems. Apply the latest developments in fetal surgery, adolescent bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery in children, and tissue engineering for the repair of congenital anomalies, such as the separation of conjoined twins. you can also access the fully searchable text online at www.expertconsult.com, making this definitive resource more accessible than ever.

New to this edition:

    • Access the fully searchable text online at www.expertconsult.com.
    • Stay current on recent developments in fetal surgery, adolescent bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery in children, and tissue engineering for the repair of congenital anomalies, such as the separation of conjoined twins.
    • Master the latest surgeries available for fetal and neonatal patients and provide life-saving options at birth.
    • Tap into the expertise of new editors who bring fresh perspectives to cutting-edge techniques.

Table of Contents:


1 History of Pediatric Surgery: A Brief Overview
2 Molecular Clinical Genetics and Gene Therapy
3 Impact of Tissue Engineering in Pediatric Surgery
4 Advanced and Emerging Surgical Technologies and the Process of Innovation
5 Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy
6 Neonatal Physiology and Metabolic Considerations
7 Respiratory Physiology and Care
8 Extracorporeal Life Support for Cardiopulmonary Failure
9 Neonatal Cardiovascular Physiology and Care
10 Sepsis and Related Considerations
11 Surgical Implications of Hematologic Disease
12 Nutritional Support in the Pediatric Surgical Patient
13 Pediatric Anesthesia
14 Clinical Outcomes Evaluation and Quality Improvement
15 Ethical Considerations
16 Patient- and Family-Centered Pediatric Surgical Care


17 Injury Prevention
18 Infants and Children as Accident Victims and Their Emergency Management
19 Thoracic Injuries
20 Abdominal Trauma
21 Genitourinary Tract Trauma
22 Musculoskeletal Trauma
23 Hand, Soft Tissue, and Envenomation Injuries
24 Central Nervous System Injuries
25 Vascular Injury
26 Burns
27 Child Abuse and Birth Injuries


28 Principles of Pediatric Oncology, Genetics of Cancer, and Radiation Therapy
29 Biopsy Techniques for Children with Cancer

30 Wilms' Tumor
31 Neuroblastoma
32 Nonmalignant Tumors of the Liver
33 Malignant Liver Tumors
34 Pediatric Gastrointestinal Tumors
35 Diagnosis and Treatment of Rhabdomyosarcoma
36 Other Soft Tissue Tumors
37 Teratomas and Other Germ Cell Tumors
38 Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
39 Ovarian Tumors
40 Testicular Tumors
41 Adrenal Tumors
42 Tumors of the Lung and Chest Wall
43 Bone Tumors
44 Brain Tumors


45 Principles of Transplantation
46 Renal Transplantation
47 Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation
48 Liver Transplantation
49 Pediatric Intestinal Transplantation
50 Heart Transplantation
51 Pediatric Lung Transplantation
52 Surgical Implications Associated with Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation


53 Craniofacial Anomalies
54 Understanding and Caring for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate
55 Otolaryngologic Disorders
56 Salivary Glands
57 Lymph Node Disorders
58 Childhood Diseases of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
59 Neck Cysts and Sinuses
60 Torticollis



61 Disorders of the Breast
62 Congenital Chest Wall Deformities
63 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Eventration
64 Cysts of the Lungs and Mediastinum
65 Lesions of the Larynx, Trachea, and Upper Airway
66 Infections and Diseases of the Lungs, Pleura, and Mediastinum
67 Esophagoscopy and Diagnostic Techniques
68 Esophageal Rupture and Perforation
69 Congenital Anomalies of the Esophagus
70 Caustic Strictures of the Esophagus
71 Esophageal Replacement
72 Disorders of Esophageal Function
73 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


74 Disorders of the Umbilicus
75 Congenital Defects of the Abdominal Wall
76 Inguinal Hernias and Hydroceles
77 Undescended Testis, Torsion, and Varicocele
78 Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis
79 Peptic Ulcer and Other Conditions of the Stomach
80 Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents
81 Duodenal Atresia and Stenosis-Annular Pancreas
82 Jejunoileal Atresia and Stenosis
83 Meconium Ileus
84 Meckel Diverticulum
85 Intussusception
86 Disorders of Intestinal Rotation and Fixation
87 Other Causes of Intestinal Obstruction
88 Short Bowel Syndrome
89 Gastrointestinal Bleeding
90 Alimentary Tract Duplications
91 Mesenteric and Omental Cysts
92 Ascites
93 Polypoid Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract
94 Necrotizing Enterocolitis
95 Crohn's Disease
96 Ulcerative Colitis
97 Primary Peritonitis
98 Stomas of the Small and Large Intestine
99 Atresia, Stenosis, and Other Obstructions of the Colon
100 Appendicitis
101 Hirschsprung Disease
102 Intestinal Dysganglionosis and Other Disorders of Intestinal Motility
103 Anorectal Malformations
104 Other Disorders of the Anus and Rectum, Anorectal Function
105 The Jaundiced Infant: Biliary Atresia
106 Choledochal Cyst
107 Gallbladder Disease and Hepatic Infections
108 Portal Hypertension
109 The Pancreas
110 The Spleen


111 Renal Agenesis, Dysplasia, and Cystic Disease
112 Renal Fusions and Ectopia
113 Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
114 Renal Infection, Abscess, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Urinary Lithiasis, and Renal Vein Thrombosis
115 Ureteral Duplication and Ureteroceles
116 Disorders of Bladder Function
117 Reconstruction of the Bladder and Bladder Outlet
118 Incontinent and Continent Urinary Diversion
119 Megaureter and Prune-Belly Syndrome
120 Bladder and Cloacal Exstrophy
121 Hypospadias
122 Abnormalities of the Urethra, Penis, and Scrotum
123 Disorders of Sexual Development
124 Abnormalities of the Female Genital Tract


125 Vascular Anomalies
126 Pediatric Arterial Diseases
127 Congenital Heart Disease and Anomalies of the Great Vessels
128 Management of Neural Tube Defects, Hydrocephalus, Refractory Epilepsy, and Central Nervous System Infections
129 Major Congenital Orthopedic Deformities
130 Congenital Defects of the Skin and Hands
131 Conjoined Twins

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