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From The CriticsReviewer: Ralph J. Damiano, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a very comprehensive book on the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery, including thoracic and pediatric. The authors of the chapters are leaders in their fields and are up to date on the latest techniques and technologies. The contents are well organized, making information easy to find.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between a pure textbook and an atlas. The diversity of topics addresses the changing field of cardiothoracic surgery. These are fairly difficult objectives, but the book makes the best attempt that I have seen. The authors have done a very good job of including many different current procedures in this one book.
Audience: The intended audience includes residents, fellows, and surgeons, but the book is more appropriate for fellows and practicing surgeons. There is too much detail and technical information for medical students and residents.
Features: "The book covers many of the most common disease processes in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Each of the disease processes is covered with a modern discussion of the pathology, followed by a well described, illustrated, and step-by-step operation. The adult cardiac section is very well written, using the latest techniques and technology. The book is a little heavy on noncardiac thoracic surgery. "
Assessment: This is a very complete book. I will recommend it to my fellows as a reference to many of our most common procedures. It is probably the most up-to-date book out now.