Description: This book comprehensively describes the current status of whole organ pancreas transplantation and gives good insight into the experimental and clinical status of pancreatic islet transplantation.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "an authoritative account on the current status" of pancreas and islet transplantation. This book does an excellent job of doing just that when it comes to pancreas transplantation, but when it comes to islet transplantation, the recent progress in the clinical arena causes some problems. However, the islet material is mostly focused on research aspects, and therefore it is interesting and relevant.
Audience: The material is covered at a level that is useful to a practitioner who wants to learn more about pancreas transplantation. It is helpful to both transplant surgeons and to medical specialists involved in the care of pancreas transplant recipients. The book is written by top authorities in the field.
Features: This book is first and foremost a much needed comprehensive review of pancreas transplantation from a clinician's perspective. It covers all aspects of patient care including evaluation of both the recipient and the donor, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative care. In addition, topics such as historical aspects, organ preservation, quality of life and economics are all covered. This book covers islet transplantation from a research perspective and from a clinical standpoint of before the discovery of the Edmonton protocol, which is mostly unavoidable because the islet field experienced a major leap forward just after these chapters were written. A particular strength of the book is that the topics of the chapters often overlap. Since they are written by different authors, the reader receives at least two expert viewpoints in many important areas.
Assessment: The overall quality of this book is excellent. It is well written and has a comprehensive reference list in most chapters. It is a must read for any trainee and is also an important reference for any medical or surgical practitioner in the field of pancreas transplantation. It is a welcome addition to a field that is reaching a new level of maturity and success.