Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: G. Robert Mason, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This sixth edition of the well-known and well-respected Sabiston/Spencer text is an updated version of the fifth edition of 1990.
Purpose: This edition is...designed to be a reference resource for the pathogenesis, pathologic features, diagnosis, and treatment of all cardiac and thoracic disease.
Audience: This book would appeal to anyone interested in the field. The 118 authors include the cream of the crop of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons.
Features: The illustrations are black-and-white photographs, charts, drawings, and radiographs and are satisfactory in quality and quantity. The index is quite good. There is some duplication, not necessarily presenting additive information or viewpoints. The selected bibliography at the end of each chapter adds useful information for the interested reader. The book is attractive and professional.
Assessment: In its two volumes, this text covers the breadth and depth of cardiothoracic surgery.