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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tamsin M Durand, MD/MPH(University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This well-illustrated atlas covers most procedures general surgeons will encounter. The detailed, step-by-step illustrations make it an easy quick reference, and the accompanying text also makes it a good sit-down read when time permits. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to "document proven and safe operative techniques in common use by general surgeons." A good surgical atlas can be extremely valuable to general surgeons, given the wide range of procedures they may be expected to perform on any given day. This book covers a large number of operative procedures and provides sufficient detail to be an important resource to any general surgeon.
Audience: It is intended for general surgeons in practice and in training.
Features: The atlas covers a broad variety of procedures, from standard inguinal hernia repair to peripheral vascular bypass to laparoscopic colectomy. The authors have added laparoscopic techniques to this edition, and have incorporated stapling devices into their methods. The illustrations are its best feature.
Assessment: This ninth edition nicely incorporates some newer techniques and procedures into its already long list. The illustrations make it well worth having a copy of this book, but a good descriptive textbook that covers the pathophysiology of the underlying disease processes is still a must for all general surgery trainees.