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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer S Lawton, M.D.(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This second edition begins with an overview of the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass and the endothelial injury that occurs during minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. The remainder covers all aspects of minimally invasive bypass grafting, valvular, congenital, pericardial, arrhythmia, and robotic surgery. Every conceivable aspect of minimally invasive surgery, including quality of life and its economic impact, is included. The book pays particular attention to the available different technologies by devoting individual chapters to different companies and their advances. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: This new edition serves to update the reader in an area of rapidly growing technology. The authors wish to clarify and discuss the trade-offs between incision size and location ("minimally invasive"), cardiopulmonary bypass time, and expensive new technologies. The book sufficiently meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: The book could be beneficial for medical students, residents, surgical assistants, and practicing cardiothoracic surgeons. The authors are established authorities in the field.
Features: All areas of clinically relevant minimally invasive techniques in cardiac surgery are thoroughly covered. New technologies that may still be considered experimental by some are sensibly and honestly reviewed here. The photographs of emerging technologies are extremely helpful to the reader, but many would be clearer and significantly improved by presenting them in color.
Assessment: This is a very important addition to the literature because it presents an update of a rapidly changing field. New technologies are covered extensively. This book stimulates the always-learning surgeon to become interested and involved in the cutting edge of cardiac surgery.