The second edition of The Craft of Surgery by Philip Cooper is published so soon after the first edition that one must ask if surgery has advanced so much in the last seven years. In part the answer is yes. There have been significant strides in that time. In addition, however, the editor has added sections that were originally not present. Some areas are improved, and there are additions of areas of specialty surgery.
The abundance of new and expanded material has resulted in the book being printed in three volumes rather than the original two.
The second edition has two new sections: one on common neurosurgical problems, and a second dealing with orthopedics. Expansion of original chapters include cardiovascular injuries, urinary incontinence, iliopelvic tract repair of groin hernias, gastrointestinal fistulas, anorectal surgery, pancreatic surgery, extended amputations, myocardial revascularization "artery first," techniques in chest and abdomen, and most impressive, transplantation