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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: G. Robert Mason, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book covers the full range of esophageal disease and therapy, including anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic bases, emphasizing surgical therapy.
Purpose: The editors planned to create the best possible format for a book of value to the "practicing thoracic surgeon, the residents in training, and for those physicians working in important collaborative specialties such as pulmonology and gastroenterology." It is one of a set of two texts, the other entitled Thoracic Surgery. It is a worthwhile endeavor, has been well done, and meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: The intended audience is as noted above. The authors are well known in their fields and have produced a very useable and worthwhile text for all interested in diseases of the esophagus.
Features: The book is well written, well organized, and covers the material thoroughly. A minor deficit is the minimal treatment of external penetrating neck trauma. The paper is of medium grade and the illustrations all in black-and-white. As a result, the line drawings are clear and easily interpreted, but the radiographs and photographs are less good. The index and table of contents are clear and accurate. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter are arranged alphabetically; the references are cited in the in text by name and date. The references are generally current through 1992, with a few from 1993.
Assessment: There have been relatively few books that cover the breadth of esophageal disease in any depth, certainly none in recent years of the quality of this work. It is the best reference on esophageal surgery available at this time, in my opinion.