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Smith & Tanagho's General Urology, Eighteenth Edition, provides in a concise, well-organized format the information necessary for the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases managed by urologic surgeons. The book is current, to the point, and readable.

Medical students will find this book useful because of its concise, easy to follow format and organization and its breadth of information on common diseases urologists see and manage. Residents, as well as practicing physicians in urology, family practice, or general medicine will find it an efficient and current reference, particularly because of its emphasis on diagnosis and treatment.

The eighteenth edition has been completely updated with clinical information and current references. The reader will find this edition is written in an uncomplicated, straightforward manner that provides relevant clinical information and guidelines for diagnosis and management of urologic conditions. Chapters on chemotherapy of urologic tumors, neoplasms of the prostate, and vascular interventional radiology have all undergone extensive revision. For this edition, we have added a chapter on the timely topic of robotic surgery in urology.

Many illustrations and figures have been modernized and improved with color being added. The classic fine anatomic drawings demonstrate well the important clinical findings.

This edition is dedicated to Professor Emil A. Tanagho, who served as the principal editor of this text since the eleventh edition. His untiring efforts have made this book one of the leading sources of information for students, trainees, and urologists around the world. In addition to English, the book has been published in Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

We greatly appreciate the patience and efforts of our McGraw-Hill staff, the expertise of our contributors, and the support of our readers.

Jack W. McAninch, MD, FACS, FRCS(E)(Hon)
Tom F Lue, MD, FACS, ScD (Hon)
San Francisco, California
August 2012

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