New on the bookshelf: Clinical Pediatric Surgery: A Case-Based Interactive Approach
Sherif Emil, MDCM, FRCSC, is a professor of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatrics, and the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation Chair in Pediatric Surgical Education and Patient and Family-Centered Care in the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He also serves as associate chair for education in the Department of Pediatric Surgery and as director of the Harvey E Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre.
Briefly describe the subject of your book.
The essence of this book is the practice of Pediatric Surgery — that art of clinical acumen, good judgment and wise decision-making that is difficult to capture in any educational resource. Each chapter starts with an interactive case, which prompts the reader to think about diagnosis and management issues, providing an evidence-based approach at every step. The discussion that follows presents the relevant issues pertaining to the topic, drawing on the main case, as well as multiple other cases that depict the spectrum of the disease or anomaly. The carefully selected suggested readings emphasize sentinel papers, high-quality reviews and the most recent evidence published on the subject. More than 700 high-quality illustrations help bring the clinical concepts to light and 25 linked videos provide a dynamic atlas of surgical procedures.
This is the first Pediatric Surgery book to come out of Canada and has no parallel in print or online.
Briefly describe what motivated you to write this book.
Since I was a trainee, I always believed that case-based surgical education (or what I call patient-centered education) is the best method of learning. That led me to collect hundreds of actual case scenarios and thousands of images — clinical, operative, radiologic, pathologic — over the past 20 years of my career. The collection has culminated in my authoring of this unique Pediatric Surgery educational resource.
Why will your book interest readers?
The book is useful to the entire range of pediatric surgical trainees and practitioners, from the medical student or resident rotating on Pediatric Surgery, to the fellow preparing for certification, to the seasoned pediatric surgeon looking for an update on a particular subject or a clinical review of the entire field. A large number of other physicians will find this book very useful, including general surgeons who evaluate and treat childhood surgical diseases; pediatricians and pediatric hospitalists, who co-manage patients with surgeons; and obstetricians, pathologists and radiologists who work closely with pediatric surgeons. This book can serve as an ideal teaching instrument at all levels.
Please share any final words about your book.
This book is a labour of love. I spent the last four and a half years creating it. During this period, I continued with all my clinical, administrative, research and educational obligations without interruption. I’ve written in between cases, on mission trips, on long flights, and during many very early mornings and many very late nights. I persisted because I felt that this book would address a real gap in pediatric surgical education and may help surgeons at all levels take care of patients. When you save a child, you don’t just save a life. You save a lifetime.
Clinical Pediatric Surgery: A Case-Based Interactive Approach is available from CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group and major online retailers.