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Surgery & Surgical Specialties.

Considers the expansive area of general surgery practice, as well as the many clinical aspects of the surgical specialties. Includes the preoperative diagnosis of patients, the intraoperative performance of safe surgical procedures, the postoperative care of the surgical patient, and outcomes of surgery. Emphasizes the interdisciplinary care of the surgical patient.

Volume: 110, March 2017

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic versus Open Lobectomy: Costs and Outcomes

Peter M. Rodgers-Fischl, MD, Jeremiah T. Martin, MD, Sibu P. Saha, MD

Abstract: Objectives: Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy is considered a promising surgical therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of non–small-cell lung carcinoma. The issue of whether VATS is superior to open thoracotomy remains controversial, however. We sought to...
Volume: 109, April 2016

PROMISE of Coronary CT Angiography: Precise and Accurate Diagnosis and Prognosis in Coronary Artery Disease

Dustin M. Thomas, MD, Kelley R. Branch, MD, Ricardo C. Cury, MD

Abstract: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a rapidly growing and powerful diagnostic test that offers a great deal of precision with respect to diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD). Guideline statements for patients with stable ischemic heart disease have...
Volume: 109, February 2016

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Castleman Disease of the Neck

Alexandra A. Shams, BS, Mostafa M. Ahmed, MD, Nicholas J. Scalzitti, MD, Della L. Howell, MD, Jordan M. Hall, MD, John L. Ritter, MD, Stephen C. Maturo, MD

Abstract: Castleman disease (CD) is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder that occurs in adults and rarely in the pediatric population. The disease is characterized by slowly enlarging masses that can form anywhere within the lymphatic system. It is an uncommon cause of a neck mass in...
Volume: 109, February 2016

Multidisciplinary Clinical Case Study

G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics

Abstract: This issue of the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) introduces a new format for case reports that emphasizes and requires multidisciplinary and interprofessional content. After a 5-year moratorium on unidimensional and single specialty case reports, we believe that the...
Volume: 109, January 2016

The View from Outside

Richard L. Mabry, MD

Abstract: More than a decade ago I retired from the active practice of medicine. I’d spent 26 years in solo private practice, then 10 as a professor at a well-known teaching medical center. Before that came 4 years in medical school, 4 years in specialty training, and almost 3...