Category Archives: Surgery

Book Review: Surgical Recall, 6e

Surgical Recall, 6e (2012) by Lorne H. Blackbourne MD is an 800-page handbook that is packed with very high-yield clinical information that all primary care physicians should find relevant. The book is obviously is surgery oriented, but I find its content to be extremely relevant to all major medical specialties. Solid tumors, relevant to almost every branch of… Read More »

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s Versus Ulcerative Colitis

The best way to appreciate and remember the differences between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both inflammatory bowel diseases, is to juxtapose them and compare them in a pairwise fashion: Transmural vs. Mucosal Only Transmural: This is the most important distinguishing feature of Crohn’s disease. The transmural nature of the disease is what leads to adhesions, fistulas, and… Read More »

Hand Infections You Don’t Want to Miss

Here are some questions that you should ask (or at least think about!) when evaluating patients with hand infections to help make sure that you don’t miss anything big. Other than this pain, redness, swelling here (etc.), did you hurt your hand in any way? This is perhaps better than asking “Did you punch anyone?” or “Did you… Read More »

Aortic Dissection: When to Suspect it

Suspect an aortic dissection in patients with chest pain plus any of the following: New neurological problems Anterior spinal artery infarction with loss of motor function and loss of sensation (with preserved position and vibratory senses) Oculosympathetic paresis, or Horner syndrome, with miosis, ptosis, and anhidrosis A painful Horner’s is a dissection until proven otherwise Acute renal infarction (flank… Read More »

Media Review: OphthoBook by Dr. Timothy Root

Dr. Timothy Root’s OphthoBook, videos and flashcards are entertaining, memorable, and super high-yield. In fact, according to the book’s subtitle, it is “The funniest, cartooniest, most high-yieldiest book about eye diseases ever written” – and I agree. I consider these to be among the finest medical educational resources on the internet, and I recommend them very highly to… Read More »

Book Review: Primary Care Otolaryngology

Primary Care Otolaryngology is a free downloadable publication by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. You can get it here. The original version of the book was written by J. Gregory Staffel, MD more than fifteen years ago and was most recently updated in 2011. It was written primarily for medical students, but it would serve as an excellent refresher… Read More »