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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: G. Robert Mason, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book is described in its title as an atlas, but it is a very well illustrated text covering a wide variety of topics, including flow cytometry, nutrition, laser physics, anesthetic considerations and basic pulmonary physiology as well as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). The authors are drawn from a wide variety of American and western European centers.
Purpose: The aim of the editor is to provide "a bridge during the developmental period of this rapidly expanding specialty."
Audience: The audience is intended to be practicing surgeons, to introduce some to the specialty and to bring others up-to-date with recent developments. There is some overlap as techniques are similar for various procedures using VATS.
Features: The broad coverage of the topic of pulmonary surgery utilizing VATS, supported with more than adequate illustrations, will make this a valuable addition to the library of the "compleat" thoracic surgeon. The reader should not be deluded by the title. The crossover information base for general thoracic surgery will make this text useful to both the resident and the practicing surgeon.
Assessment: As with other developing fields, the increasing volume of literature better defines the problems and opportunities available to the practicing surgeon. This text has a broader coverage than other recent publications and may well serve as the leader in the field for a time.