Recognition, prevention, and treatment of surgical infections requires prompt and decisive action. This book provides information to aid decision making and action. 30 renowned experts show the reader how to quickly and efficiently manage infections commonly seen in surgical practice. Written for practising surgeons, this book provides "must-know" information about the treatment of infections in three important ways: fast-reading "decision trees" give you a logical decision-making sequence for diagnosis and management; keyed explanations spell out the reasoning behind management recommendations; and comprehensive discussions explain the underlying physiologic principles and clinical issues. A special feature is a "Clinical Correlates" chapter that examines three real cases of complex surgical infections. In his commentary on these cases, the author shows how the book can help the reader solve difficult clinical problems.