Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery

An Evidence-Based Approach

  • Mark K. Ferguson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark K. Ferguson
      Pages 3-12
    3. Andrew J. Graham, Sean C. Grondin
      Pages 13-20
    4. Anirban Basu, Amy G. Lehman
      Pages 21-35
    5. Jo Ann Broeckel Elrod, Farhood Farjah, David R. Flum
      Pages 36-43
    6. Annette M. O’Connor, France Légaré, Dawn Stacey
      Pages 44-55
  3. Lung

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Karl Fabian L. Uy, Thomas K. Waddell
      Pages 68-74
    3. Hyde M. Russell, Mark K. Ferguson
      Pages 75-81
    4. David C. White, Thomas A. D’Amico
      Pages 82-87
    5. Shari L. Meyerson, David H. Harpole Jr.
      Pages 88-93
    6. Thomas A. D’Amato, Rodney J. Landreneau
      Pages 94-102
    7. Antonio D’Andrilli, Federico Venuta, Erino A. Rendina
      Pages 128-139
    8. Raja M. Flores, Naveed Z. Alam
      Pages 140-146

About this book


Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach describes the recommended ideal approach, rather than customary care, in selected clinical situations.

Brief chapters are devoted to a specific question or decision in general thoracic surgery that is difficult or controversial. Although some of the content may be available in major thoracic texts, rarely are such questions posed specifically and analyzed according to the level of supporting evidence available. This book is unique in aiming to address the issues in the most clear and informed manner possible; the chapters contain both evidence-based recommendations and descriptions of surgeons’ personal practices based on their experience and the published literature.

Chapters are organized around clearly identified recommendations. This provides uniformity to the presentations, making possible the identification of useful material at a glance. A general introduction describes evidence-based data and their use, decision analytic models, and how both physicians and patients make decisions currently. Over 50 different topics are then presented, including a review of available evidence and a general discussion of recommended practice.

This book is a valuable reference source for practicing surgeons, surgeons in training, and educators.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mark K. Ferguson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Thoracic Surgery ServiceThe University of Chicago HospitalsChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84628-474-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-384-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-474-8
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