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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neal W Wilkinson, MD (Kalispell Regional Medical Center)
Description: This atlas covering a wide array of complex and advanced surgical procedures is designed to expand upon a more basic surgical book by the same authors. The topics and procedures the atlas covers would be taught in fellowships or performed at more advanced stages of training and do not overlap with the earlier, more basic book.
Purpose: The purpose is to cover advanced operative procedures often either overlooked in more basic surgical books or covered only in specialty books, such as surgical oncology and thoracic surgery. Although many of these topics would be covered in advanced training, this is intended for, and should be strongly recommended to, surgical oncology fellows in training and graduates.
Audience: The audience includes senior residents and junior faculty at tertiary care centers. Surgical oncology fellows and advanced laparoscopic fellows also would benefit.
Features: The atlas primarily covers advanced gastrointestinal surgery and oncology, as well as some advanced laparoscopy and vascular surgery. Although the chapters on vascular surgery are well written, they make up only a small percentage of the book. As a result, vascular fellows will get some benefit, but they would require supplementation with additional vascular books. The format of each section is clearly laid out: indications, positions, incisions, dissection, and closure, as well as pearls and complications. Diagrams are clear and detailed, with additional color photos.
Assessment: I would highly recommend this to senior residents embarking on the final years of residency. Surgical fellows in many disciplines also would find it worthy: oncology, laparoscopy, and vascular surgery. Junior and senior faculty will find this a welcome resource.