If you need:
An overview of a particular disease or condition or background information
An ultrasound indicates your patient has gallstones (cholelithiasis). Where can you find an overview of this condition, including its etiology, when surgery is indicated, alternate treatments?
How will lung resection effect my patient's physiology? What perioperative care should I be prepared to order?
Review Article (PubMed)
Differential diagnosis decision support; diagnostic algorithms or pathways
You have a constellation of symptoms or suspect a certain diagnosis but need a differential structure.
I suspect my patient is in shock. What symptoms should I look for? What do I need to exclude? What tests do I need to order?
A 50 y.o. woman presents with angina, syncope upon exercise and dyspnea. Where can you find a DDX for these symptoms? When is surgery indicated?
|You're attending a woman recovering from hip surgery. What's the appropriate dose of cefazolin?|
Synthesis of best-practice recommendations / Critically appraised topics / EBM
When are surgical interventions appropriate for a woman with chronic pelvic pain?
What are the pros and cons of removing orthopedic metal work in children?
What is the most safe and effective way to prevent venous thromboembolism in neurosurgery?
When is surgery indicated for depressed cranial fractures?
PDQ (Physicians’ Data Query) for cancer topics
Information for patients
What do I need to do to prepare for a mammogram? What will happen during the procedure? (In Somali, by the way.)
Where can you find material to give a low literacy patient explaining his diabetic diet?
Countway Consumer Health Links
Evidence-based information on alternative therapies
Is the gingko my patient is taking safe before surgery ? What is the wash-out period?
Your patient takes quercitin, 1000 mg daily, for prostatitis. You want to prescribe Cipro for postoperative colorectal prophylaxis. Are there any concerns with this combination?
Quickly search across multiple trusted sources. Includes:
Schwartz's Principles of Surgery
Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations
- Board Review tests
- Differential Diagnosis (DDx) tool
- Cancer Staging Tables
- Videos and images
- Integrated drug database
Fischer's Mastery of Surgery
Step-by-step procedural guidance
Sabiston Textbook of Surgery
also in print on reserve and at WO 100 T3552
Evidence-based reference for general surgery. Not available online.
Available at Countway Reserve and at WO 500.3 A187
Also at Partners and BIDMC Libraries
Below are the latest "evidence-updates" for General Surgery courtesy of BMJ and McMaster University . Each entry includes a analytical synopsis of the study and rating of the strengh of evidence and its relevance to clinical practice. To view the update, either register for an account (this lets you set your personal preferences) OR just click NO and you will go right to the text of the update.