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From The CriticsReviewer: Niraj M. Desai, M.D.(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book, written by an authoritative group of contributors, is a comprehensive reference work on the topic of pancreas transplantation, covering all aspects relevant to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide an all-inclusive overview of pancreas transplantation" primarily for surgeons and trainees in the field. This objective is accomplished in an extremely thorough manner by the editors and contributors.
Audience: The book is primarily directed towards those practicing transplant surgery or training in the field, and it is appropriately written at that level. It would also be of interest to those involved with the clinical care of pancreas recipients and perhaps also to researchers in the field. This book is written by a large number of top authorities in pancreas transplantation. There is a bias towards one institution's perspective (the University of Minnesota), but the editors do make an effort to obtain many outside viewpoints as well.
Features: This comprehensive review covers all aspects related to pancreas transplantation. Especially extensive are the sections covering type 1 diabetes, the surgical aspects of the procedure (both donor and recipient), postoperative care, immunosuppression, and outcome of transplantation on the secondary complications of diabetes. Unique to the Minnesota experience is living donor pancreas transplantation, which is covered in its own chapter and elsewhere in the book.
Assessment: The overall quality of the book is outstanding. The scope and the detail in which topics are covered is second to none and the references are extensive. It is an essential addition to the library of any trainee or practicing surgeon in the field of pancreas transplantation.