The new edition of this leading volume in the Secrets Series offers the very latest overview of surgical practice. A two-color page layout, question-and-answer approach, and a list of the “Top 100 Secrets in surgery gives you the perfect concise board review or handy clinical reference, while updated coverage throughout equips you with all of the most current and essential knowledge in the field. Valuable pearls, tips, and memory aids make this the perfect resource for a fast surgical review or reference.
When we refer to a work of art, music, or literature as a ‘‘classic’’, one of the observations that we make is that the work has stimulated a wide variety of treatments and interpretations.
Imitation is, of course, the most visible and credible form of flattery. When Charlie Abernathy initially assaulted our surgical clinical comfort zone with a barrage of questions neither he, nor we, predicted that his irritating efforts would spawn a whole ‘‘Secrets Series’’ of challenging Abernathyisms in almost all medical disciplines.
But, characteristically, Charlie had his fingers capably placed on the pulse of progress. Casey Stengel famously noted: ‘‘In baseball, more games are lost than won.’’ If you are not investigating, learning, or questioning, you are losing. In medicine, and certainly surgery, you cannot stand still. Alfred North Whitehead, the U.S. philosopher, observed: ‘‘No man of science could subscribe without qualification . . . to all of his own scientific beliefs of ten years ago.’’ We must be flexible, to evolve, to question. Happily, surgeons are almost unique in our ability to be selfcritical.
We must never march, like a legion of lemmings, into a sea of intellectual acceptance.
This sixth edition of Surgical Secrets is again dedicated to Abernathy’s irritatingly penetrating series of questions. Charlie never took much stock in the ponderously traditional answer.
Intellectually active surgeons should never get too comfortable. Challenging dogma is good; comfort is bad. Dinosaurs were inflexible and are extinct. Surgeons will never be either.
Title: Abernathy’s Surgical Secrets
Authors: Alden H. Harken, Ernest E. Moore.