Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan E. Clare, MD, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a new surgical atlas, limited to surgical oncology, written and edited by faculty of the Mayo Clinic. Operative procedures are described in a step-wise manner, and many of the steps are illustrated.
Purpose: Greater understanding of the biology of malignant disease has resulted in changes in the practice of surgery. The purpose of this book is to present techniques that reflect these changes. This is a worthy objective because it presents the currently accepted standard of care. The objective is met.
Audience: This book is ideally suited for the junior and intermediate level house officer who is just beginning to participate in cases. Junior medical students would also benefit from this book during their surgery rotation. The majority of authors are faculty members of the Mayo Clinic. All of the non-Mayo authors are world-recognized authorities.
Features: There are numerous illustrations that are keyed to the text and that are relatively accurate representations of the perspective in the operating room. The major weakness of the book is its lack of references. Authors and investigators are cited, but no primary source is provided. The table of contents is adequate; the chapters are concise and richly illustrated. The book includes chapters on minimally invasive surgery, information found only in recently published surgery texts.
Assessment: This is a very useful addition to a collection of surgical atlases. It is similar to the Zollinger and Zollinger Atlas of Surgical Operations in the detail of its descriptions and illustrations. However, its scope is narrowed to surgical oncology and the concerns particular to this discipline. All chapters will benefit junior house staff as they prepare for and review cases. The chapters on minimally invasive surgery will be of interest to those practitioners who completed their training before the advent and acceptance of these techniques. This book should be purchased by medical libraries, institutions fortunate to have specialized surgical libraries, and by individuals.