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Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4-Volume Set edited by H. Richard Winn, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians access state-of-the-art neneurosurgical procedures with Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th Edition, under the direction of editor-in-chief H. Richard Winn, MD and deputy editors-in-chief Mitchel S. Berger, MD and Ralph G. Dacey, Jr, MD.

Still the cornerstone of unquestioned guidance on surgery of the nervous system, the new edition updates clinicians on the exciting developments in this ever-changing field. In print and online, Youmans Neurological Surgery provides all the cutting-edge details they need to know about functional and restorative neurosurgery (FRN)/deep brain stimulation (DBS), stem cell biology, radiological and nuclear imaging, and neurooncology. With nearly 100 intraoperative videos online, as well as thousands of full-color illustrations, this comprehensive, multimedia, 4-volume set remains the clinical neurosurgery reference clinicians need to manage and avoid complications, overcome challenges, and maximize patient outcomes. Each section also has its own section editor.

Editor-in-chief Winn is Professor and Director of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York; Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York; Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; and Visiting Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. Deputy editor-in-chief Berger is Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco and Dacey is Henry H. and Edith R Schwartz Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Youmans Neurological Surgery has 4 volumes, 12 sections, and 398 chapters. The massive text allows clinicians to:

  • Overcome clinical challenges and ensure the best outcomes for patients. li>
  • Rely on a single source for convenient access to the definitive answers they need in their practice.
  • PePerform functional and restorative neurosurgery (FRN) with expert guidance on the diagnostic aspects, medical therapy, and cutting-edge approaches shown effective in the treatment of tremor, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and psychiatric disorders.
  • Sharpen their neurosurgical expertise with updated and enhanced coverage of complication avoidance and intracranial pressure monitoring, epilepsy, neurooncology, pain, peripheral nerve surgery, and radiosurgery/radiation therapy.
  • Master new techniques with nearly 100 surgical videos online of intraoperative procedures including endoscopic techniques for spine and peripheral nerve surgery, the surgical resection for spinal cord hemangiomas, the resection of a giant AVM; and the radiosurgical and interventional therapy for vascular lesions and tumors.
  • Perform surgical techniques with access to full-color anatomic and surgical line drawings in this totally revised illustration program. li>
  • SeSearch the complete text online, view the videos, follow links to PubMed, and download images.

Volumes, sections and their section editors of Youmans Neurological Surgery include:


I.                    InIntroduction and Basic Science – Edward H. Oldfield, Pierre Magistretti, and Peter D. LeRoux

II.pan>                 GeGeneral Neurosurgery – William T. Couldwell

III.pan>               EpEpilepsy – Guy M. McKhann II and Matthew A. Howard III

IV.              Functional Neurosurgery – Ron L. Alterman and Andres M. Lozano


V. OnOncology – Henry Brem, Raymond Sawaya, and E. Antonio Chiocca

VI.Pain – Kim J. Burchiel

VII. Pediatrics – T. S. Park, Saadi Ghatan, and R. Michael Scott


VIII. Peripheral Nerve – Aaron G. Filler, David G. Kline, and Eric L. Zager

IX.Radiation – Bruce E. Pollock, William A. Friedman, and L. Dade Lunsford

X. Spine – Christopher I. Shaffrey, Volker K. H. Sonntag, and Dennis G. Vollmer


XI. Trauma – M. Ross Bullock and David A. Hoyda

XII. Vascular – E. Sander Connelly Jr, Fredric B. Meyer, and Robert F. Spetzler

The continuous changes in the discipline of neurological surgery reflect the dynamic aspects of neurosurgical practice and neuroscience research, and the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery contains many significant transformations from previous editions. The entire book has been redesigned, with every illustration, photograph, chart, and table now in color. All chapters have been significantly revised and updated. There are new topics and sections and many novel chapters. In addition, video clips of patient evaluation, positioning, surgical procedures, and operative techniques are available in both the print and electronic edition. The electronic features, an important new component of the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery, facilitate understanding of the complexities of neurological surgery. In addition, because advances in the neurosciences and neurological surgery are not limited by national boundaries, the editors have significantly broadened the international authorship to reflect this global basis of knowledge.

ThThere is no doubt that Youmans Neurological Surgery is the grand dame of the major neurosurgical textbooks … and is recommended without hesitation. – JAMA, (review of 4th edition)

As practitioners recognize, neurosurgery is built on a firm foundation that neurosurgeons use daily when providing patient care: readers will find these important clinical tools also readily available and updated in the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery. It provides an encyclopedic overview of neurological surgery for both the nascent and experienced clini­cian. With state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedures, this 6th Edition is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference volume, allowing clinicians to master the latest neurosurgery procedures with expert guidance. The four volumes cover the entirety of the specialty and the editors and authors are unparalleled in their experience and expertise.p>

PrProfessional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Pathology

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology – 2 Volume Set, 10th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Juan Rosai, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology, 10th edition, in 2 volumes delivers the authoritative guidance name="rosai"> clclinicians need to overcome virtually any challenge in surgical pathology. Recognized globally for his unmatched expertise, preeminent specialist Juan Rosai, MD provides state-of-the-art coverage of the latest advancements in immunohistochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and prognostic/predictive markers – equipping them to diagnose the complete range of neoplastic and non-neoplastic entities. Rosai is Director, International Center for Oncologic Pathology Consultations, Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Milan; Senior Pathology Consultant, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Burlington, NC; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. Now, with online access clinicians can search the contents of this two-volume set online and download more than 3,300 detailed images.

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology allows clinicians to:

  • Review the clinical presentation, gross and microscopic features, ultrastructural and immunohistochemical findings, differential diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis for virtually every pathologic entity.
  • Compare their findings to more than 3,300 outstanding illustrations that capture the characteristic presentation of every type of lesion. li>
  • AvAvoid diagnostic pitfalls using Rosai's expert observations on what to look for, what to be careful about, and which presentations can be misleading.
  • Find quick answers on tumor staging, quality control procedures, and the handling of gross specimens through valuable appendices. li>
  • Search the complete contents online and download all 3,300+ images, most in full color.
  • MaMake optimal use of the latest advances including current increased understanding of the genetic basis of inherited and acquired disease, the newest molecular genetic and immunohistochemical techniques, and the most recent WHO disease classification schemes.

Contents of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology, 10th edition, include:p>


  1. Introduction
  2. Gross techniques in surgical pathology
  3. Special techniques in surgical pathology
  4. SkSkin – Dermatoses, Skin – Tumors and tumorlike conditions
  5. Oral cavity and oropharynx
  6. Mandible and maxilla li>
  7. ReRespiratory tract – Nasal cavity paranasal sinuses, and nasopharynx, Respiratory tract – Larynx and trachea, Respiratory tract – Lung and pleura
  8. Mediastinum
  9. Thyroid gland (with Giovanni Tallini)
  10. Parathyroid glands li>
  11. Gastrointestinal tract – Esophagus, Stomach, Small bowel, Appendix, Large bowel, Anus
  12. MaMajor and minor salivary glands, Liver – Non-neoplastic diseases (Valeer J. Desmet)
  13. Liver – Tumors and tumor-like conditions li>
  14. GaGallbladder and extrahepatic bile ducts
  15. Pancreas and ampullary region  
  16. Adrenal gland and other paraganglia
  17. Urinary tract – Kidney; renal pelvis, and ureter: non-neoplastic diseases (Nelson G Ordonez), Urinary tract – Kidney, renal pelvis, and ureter: Pediatric tumors and tumorlike conditions/Adult tumors and tumorlike conditions, Urinary tract – Bladder
  18. Male reproductive system – Prostate and seminal vesicles, Testis, Testicular adnexa, Penis and scrotum


  1. Female reproductive system – Vulva, Vagina, Uterus: cervix, Uterus: corpus, Fallopian tube, Ovary, Placenta
  2. Breast
  3. Lymph nodes
  4. Spleen
  5. BoBone marrow (Richard D. Brunning and Daniel A. Arber)
  6. Bone and joints li>
  7. Soft tissues
  8. PePeritoneum, retroperitoneum, and related structures
  9. Cardiovascular system – Heart, Arteries, Veins, Lymph vessels
  10. Central nervous system (Marc K. Rosenblum)
  11. Pituitary gland (B.K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters)
  12. Eye and ocular adnexa
  13. Ear li>

The seven years that have elapsed between the current and the previous editions of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology have seen momentous changes taking place in the practice of surgical pathology. Immunohistochemistry has continued its notable expansion and has become an indispensable adjunct for the practice of the specialty. It has transformed the practice of surgical pathology in a fashion that no other technique has done before or after.

We are now in the midst of another transformation, resulting from the application to surgical pathology specimens of the enormous amount of new knowledge derived from the molecular genetic revolution. The potential and – in some instances – the already tangible benefits of this technology are too obvious to be emphasized. The danger is that the tradition of meticulous gross and microscopic examination upon which surgical pathology has been built may be gradually eroding, yet the amount of information that this time-honored examination can still provide is so rich and dependable that one recoils at the thought of it being belittled or altogether ignored. With that caveat in mind, this 10th edition dutifully incorporates the many promising results reached with the new technologies (emphasizing those in which a clinical validation has occurred), but always matching them against the results and conclusions derived from the morphology-based approach that has served pathologists so well for so long.p>

This difficult integration task has been carried out in most chapters by Dr. John K.C. Chan, a brilliant representative of that emerging and still sparse cadre of surgical pathologists who combine a superb knowledge of conventional pathology with an understanding of the principles, possible applications and potential pitfalls of molecular genetic techniques. Another important change that has taken place during this period concerns the increasing demands for standardization, compliance with regulatory controls and legal accountability, which have prompted various pathology organizations to produce sets of guidelines to help readers navigate through an increasingly complicated terrain. Yet another significant development concerns the pervasive influence acquired by electronic information systems in practically all activities that take place in the surgical pathology laboratory, rendering some degree of computer literacy indispensable to those wishing to practice the specialty.

AcAccording to Rosai in the preface, it has not been easy to accommodate this rapidly changing and continuously expanding universe within the confines of the covers of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology. The amount of information that had to be reviewed, even if often of a merely confirmatory or plainly repetitive nature, is daunting, and the trend for the establishment of subspecialties in surgical pathology – each with its own rites and lingo – has accelerated. p>

This book is an introduction to the vast field of surgical pathology: the pathology of the living. It does not pretend to replace in any way the textbooks to general pathology, its purpose being merely to supplement them, assuming that readers have a background in or access to those texts. The contents are not as complete as they might be because emphasis has been placed on the common rather than the rare lesions and are, to a great extent, based on the author's personal experiences.

I I find it difficult to believe that one individual could produce such an outstanding textbook, and Dr. Rosai is to be congratulated. This text has been and continues to be the standard. – Human Pathology

Dr Ackerman, your star student Juan Rosai has surpassed you! In that process, he has also surpassed himself. By that I mean that he has produced a book that outshines all previous editions. He has also set the bar of excellence to anew and so far unattained height, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that he is not only the leading surgical pathologist of my generation but also a first class medical writer par excellence. – Modern Pathology

The new 10th edition of Rosai is the definitive go to authoritative book for all aspects of surgical pathology. Clinicians can feel confident when they consult Rosai that they are getting the latest answers in surgical pathology, authoritative guidance to overcome virtually any challenge. Preeminent specialist Rosai brings readers masterful, state-of-the-art coverage of all aspects of the field, including the latest advances – equipping clinicians to effectively and efficiently diagnose the complete range of neoplastic and non-neoplastic entities.

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology is intended for medical students and those physicians who are daily intimately concerned with surgical pathology. This includes not only surgeons and pathologists, but also those physicians in other fields who are affected by its decisions, such as the radiologists and the internists.



Medical Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems (6th Edition) by Sharon Mantik Lewis, Margaret McLean Heitkemper & Shannon Ruff Dirksen (Mosby) A student-friendly med-surg text, Medical Surgical Nursing contains complete, research-based content, organized around the concept of the nursing process, presented in a concise, readable, and consistent format, to meet the needs of today’s busy nursing students.

Special features highlight the content that is most relevant and challenging for today's nursing students, including patient teaching, community and home care, gerontology, cultural and ethnic considerations, collaborative care, nutrition, and critical thinking.

Written by Sharon Mantik Lewis, Professor, School of Nursing and Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center; Margaret McLean Heitkemper, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington; and Shannon Ruff Dirksen, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Arizona State University, the book discusses nursing management content in a levels-of-care approach to prepare students to intervene at any stage of illness, with separate headings for Health Promotion, Acute Intervention, and Ambulatory and Home Care.
Chapters have been added to the 6th edition on cultural considerations, end-of-life care and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Complementary and alternative therapies boxes cover clinical uses, effects, and nursing implications. Evidence-based practice boxes present interdisciplinary research and help students understand how results apply to nursing practive. Clinical practice boxes cover timely topics such as genetic testing, Alzheimer’s disease, sickle cell anemia and genetics-related ethics issues. Other changes and additions to the 6th edition include:

·        Improved layout to make it easier to read to help students understand and recall detailed information and difficult concepts

·        Full-color design, with more than 1300 color illustrations and special boxes and tapes, to clarify important content

·        More than 60 comprehensive nursing care plans, some with NIC and NOC incorporated, thoroughly updated with current NANDA diagnoses, defining characteristics, expected outcomes, specific nursing interventions with rationales, evaluation criteria, and collaborative problems.

·        Great learning and review features include key terms listed in chapter openers and boldfaced within the text, critical thinking exercises with case studies and critical thinking questions, nursing research questions, and end-of-chapter multiple-choice review questions

·        CD-ROM containing 40 case studies, a glossary, a list of nursing diagnoses, a laboratory values reference, interactive exercises and self-testing materials.

More than just a textbook, this is a comprehensive resource with the essential information students need to prepare for the state board exams, clinical assignments and the comprehensive care of patients. With patient cases including disorder overviews and patient and family instruction guides in both English and Spanish, Medical Surgical Nursing effectively guides students through their medical-surgical preparation for nursing care.


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