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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benjamin D Kozower, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This summary of advances in general thoracic surgery reviews topics and treatment techniques that may not be widely used in daily practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to help readers understand the progress that has been made in thoracic surgery. The book reviews topics and treatment techniques that have not become standard practice. The objectives are important and the authors do a good job of meeting their stated goal.
Audience: The book is targeted at trainees and practicing general thoracic surgeons. The chapter authors are well respected and knowledgeable.
Features: It covers the major topics of general thoracic surgery, including benign and malignant lung, esophagus and chest wall problems. The chapters are well written and concise.
Assessment: This second edition is an excellent text for trainees and practicing thoracic surgeons. It has more detail than the Mosby series Current Therapy in Cardiothoracic Surgery, but the chapters are concise.