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To be a useful medical advisor to surgeons on questions of perioperative management of patients often requires both knowledge and experience beyond what are needed for medical practice. A surgeon confronted with a difficult problem ideally uses expert assistance to recognize and treat any medical disease that may affect a patient's response to surgery. Expert medical help is needed in managing postoperative complications such as impaired endocrine function. An estimate of risks for specific conditions in individual patients, and whether these risks can be reduced should also be obtained. In Medical Care of the Surgical Patient an effort has been
Medical Care of the Surgical Patient. A Problem-Oriented Approach to Management.. Ann Intern Med. ;98:686–687. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-686_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):686-687.
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