Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery

An Evidence-Based Approach

  • Mark K. Ferguson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark K. Ferguson
      Pages 3-11
    3. Sean C. Grondin, Colin Schieman
      Pages 13-22
    4. Anirban Basu, Amy Lehman
      Pages 23-37
    5. Thomas K. Varghese, Farhood Farjah, David R. Flum
      Pages 39-44
    6. Dawn Stacey, France Légaré
      Pages 45-57
  3. Lung

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. James R. Nitzkorski, Veeraiah Siripurapu, Walter J. Scott
      Pages 61-66
    3. Shawn S. Groth, Michael A. Maddaus
      Pages 77-88
    4. Mark F. Berry, Thomas A. D’Amico
      Pages 145-153
    5. Melissa J. Ruiz, Mark K. Ferguson
      Pages 155-159
    6. K. S. Rammohan, Vasudev B. Pai, Tom Treasure
      Pages 161-164

About this book


The second edition of Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery: An Evidence- Based Approach addresses the growing complexity of decision making in thoracic surgery. More than half of the clinical questions posed in this book are new, and of the questions that remain as holdovers from the previous edition, virtually all have been revised and updated. As new technology is introduced, physicians from nonsurgical specialties offer alternative and competing therapies for what was once the exclusive province of the thoracic surgeon. In addition, there is increasing knowledge regarding the efficacy of traditional thoracic surgical therapies. How to select among these varied and complex approaches is becoming increasingly difficult. Concise chapters are devoted to one or two specific questions, or decisions, in general thoracic surgery that are difficult or controversial. The authors identify relevant publications in their selected topics, grade the quality of the evidence offered by those reports, apply that knowledge to objective management recommendations in an idealized world, and then comment on how they personally use the information in their own clinical practices. The 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
  1. 1.Dept. Surgery, Mail Code 5035University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84996-492-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84996-364-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84996-492-0
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