Description: This is a surgical atlas of urologic operative procedures. The senior editor has assembled a distinguished panel of urologic surgeons who provide expert editorial oversight of the nine individual sections.
Purpose: This is intended as a surgical guide for those performing urological operations, particularly, "urologists in training and those in the early years of practice." Accordingly, the editors have presented a detailed operative report in an "easy to follow format" that has subsequently been translated into an accompanying surgical atlas.
Audience: According to the editors, this text is written for all urologists but is particularly suited for residents in training and those urologists in their early years of practice.
Features: The concept is unique in its design as the contributors are asked to address specific urological procedures in an actual clinical setting. The narrative of the surgical text is then accompanied by the surgical illustrations. The surgical illustrations are well done and representative of the operations they depict. However, there are some inconsistencies in the quality of some of the drawings and there is some overlap within the different chapters. Additionally the illustrations are at the end of each chapter, which makes cross-referencing between the text and the drawings somewhat cumbersome. There are also inconsistencies relative to the content of individual chapters; some of the chapters are extremely comprehensive, others are abbreviated and contain significant omissions. Finally, there is a paucity of pediatric procedures.
Assessment: This is a unique surgical atlas geared primarily towards residents in training and urologists in the early phase of their careers. Despite some inconsistencies, in general this is a comprehensive text of commonly performed surgical procedures written in an easy to follow format which can be recommended as a welcome addition to any practicing urologist's library, particularly those in the early part of their training.