In 488 pages, the authors, assisted by 6 notable contributors, provide a descriptive atlas of 44 common and uncommon cancer operations. Each major area is preceded by anatomic plates, and most sections include a clinical case to add clarity to operations in that area. Text is limited to explanatory legends. A detailed index is provided.
The key strength is outstanding artwork by Hugh A. Thomas. There are almost as many figures as pages in the volume, and the illustrations have uniform consistency and excellence. The range of operations extends from common procedures, such as thyroidectomy and colon resection, to infrequent or rare cancer operations, such as exenteration and hemipelvectomy. Both a strong section on thoracic oncology and the scope of other extended operative procedures reflect the long-term inspiration of the late, beloved Edward J. Beattie.