We appreciate all the kind remarks and suggestions from the many medical students over the past 3 years. Your positive reception has been an incredible encouragement, especially in light of the short life of the Case Files® series.

In this fourth edition of Case Files®: Surgery, the basic format of the book has been retained. Improvements were made by updating many of the chapters, with five completely rewritten cases: Breast Cancer Risk and Surveillance, Colon Cancer, Thyroid Mass, Pheochromocytoma, and Hemorrhage and Hypotension. We reviewed the clinical scenarios with the intent on improving them; however, we found that their real-life presentations patterned after actual clinical experience remained accurate and instructive. The multiple-choice questions have been carefully reviewed and rewritten to ensure that they comply with the National Board and USMLE formats. By reading this fourth edition, we hope that you will continue to enjoy learning surgical management through the simulated clinical cases. It is certainly a privilege to be a teacher for so many students, and it is with humility that we present this edition. The curriculum that evolved into the ideas for this series was inspired by two talented and forthright students, Philbert Yao and Chuck Rosipal, who have since graduated from medical school. It has been a tremendous joy to work with my friend since medical school, Terry Liu, a brilliant surgeon. Likewise, it has been rewarding to collaborate with Andre Campbell, the endowed chair of surgical education at the University of California, San Francisco, and the many excellent contributors.

Case Files Surgery 4th Edition PDF
Case Files Surgery 4th Edition PDF

I am greatly indebted to my editor, Catherine Johnson, whose exuberance, experience, and vision helped to shape this series. I appreciate McGraw-Hill’s believing in the concept of teaching through clinical cases. I am also grateful to Catherine Saggese for her excellent production expertise and Cindy Yoo for her wonderful editing. Tania Andrabi deserves acknowledgement for her patience and precision as project manager for this book. At Methodist Hospital, I appreciate the great support from Drs Marc Boom, Dirk Sostman, Alan Kaplan, and Judy Paukert. Likewise, I appreciate Linda Bergstrom and Debby Chambers for their advice and support. At St. Joseph, I must praise the inspiring leadership of Pat Mathews, Tripp Montalbo, and Tina Coker. Without my dear colleagues, Drs Konrad Harms, Priti Schachel, John C. McBride, and Gizelle Brooks-Carter, this book could not have been written. Most of all, I appreciate my loving wife, Terri, and my four wonderful children, Andy, Michael, Allison, and Christina, for their patience and understanding.

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