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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This slim volume is best considered as an accompaniment to the extensive DVD library of procedural videos. It attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
Purpose: The authors state that this book is intended to "complement programs that teach laparoscopic colectomy," facilitating that by "helping students of laparoscopic colectomy develop the pattern-recognition skills required to perform this technique safely and successfully." These are worthy objectives and are admirably addressed by the DVD. The book, considered as an accompaniment, assists in that process. The more traditional learner who attempts to read the book without viewing the DVD may be baffled.
Audience: The book is written for trainees and for surgeons who wish to incorporate these procedures into their operative repertoire. The authors are highly credible authorities.
Features: The DVD is extremely complete and lovingly edited. The quality of the videos is superb. The book helps by showing trocar sites and so on. Unfortunately, the organization of the book is confusing, with multiple duplications of a basic figure showing a patient in stirrups, and a chapter titled "Key Operative Steps" which actually describes a specific procedure in detail. I wish that the editors had edited the book as carefully as the video, and used the text to incorporate more information about the procedures.
Assessment: The DVD is superb and will be of value to trainees. This is a valuable contribution to the field. Unfortunately, the book which accompanies the DVD does not live up to the quality of the video.