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Management of Medical Problems in Surgical Patients.

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Edited by Molitch Mark E.. . 795 pages. F. A. Davis Company; , Philadelphia: , 1982.. $40.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(1):121. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-98-1-121_1
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Improvements in anesthesia, operative techniques, and medical control of a wide variety of medical diseases have allowed greater numbers of elderly patients to undergo surgical procedures with lower morbidity and mortality. These patients may have ordinary or unique medical problems that interact with their clinical state before, during, and after surgery. In this multi-authored text, Dr. Molitch has attempted to gather information relevant to these potential problem areas. He intends that the book be used as a reference rather than as a definitive textbook on medical diseases.

The first chapter is a lengthy analysis of the decision-making process. Although difficult


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