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From The CriticsReviewer: Ralph J. Damiano, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive textbook on the newly emerging and exciting field of cardiothoracic surgery contains 83 chapters authored by recognized authorities in their field.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a reference for the current application and development of minimal access cardiothoracic surgery. This is a worthy and timely objective, well met in this wonderful book.
Audience: The book is written for surgeons who are active in the field of minimal access surgery, practicing surgeons interested in this field, and residents in training. All of the editors and contributors are authorities in the field and provide the reader with an excellent overview of the different areas.
Features: The book is divided into ten sections and two parts. In the first part video assisted thoracic surgery and interventional endoscopy is covered. In the second part minimal access cardiac surgery and off pump coronary artery bypass grafting are addressed. Each chapter is well written. There are informative illustrations throughout the book, including numerous color illustrations. The surgical techniques are particularly well covered. All of the major areas of minimal access surgery are covered and interesting chapters on endoscopic fetal surgery, robotic surgery, therapeutic angiogenesis, and future technologies will likely capture the attention and imagination of the reader. The book is uniquely comprehensive and contains excellent art work. Virtually every chapter is also accompanied by noted expert commentary to provide the reader with further perspective. The only shortcoming, which is acknowledged by the editors in the preface, is that some of the information is already outdated. Moreover, there have been significant advances in this rapidly evolving field since the chapters were written, particularly in off pump coronary artery bypass grafting and endoscopic cardiac surgery. However, this problem is unavoidable.
Assessment: This is a superb textbook. It is without question the best book ever written on this subject and will be a valuable reference to all those interested in minimal access cardiothoracic surgery.