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Atlas of Surgical Operations

Arch Surg. 1981;116(8):1104. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380200100033.
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This atlas reviews surgery of the abdomen, urogenital tract, and the nervous system limited to the vertebral column. Seventy-five percent of the book is devoted to the abdomen, and I will confine my remarks to this segment.

German surgeons have historically been interested in gastric surgery and this volume reflects that commitment. Every variety of resection ever described in the surgical literature is included, some long since discarded as ineffective or dangerous. And yet, parietal-cell vagotomy is mentioned but the technique is not illustrated. Such a concentration, in view of the declining incidence of duodenal ulcer and gastric carcinoma, must reflect the character of the practice of the authors.

The atlas has other serious deficiencies. Four pages and 11 illustrations are devoted to resection of duodenal diverticulae, a hazardous operation rarely performed in the United States. A fascial relaxing incision, vital to the repair of many direct hernias, is not


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