This book is a readable and practical text directed at the surgeon who is attempting to learn a safe and consistent method of thoracic surgery. This text obviously was produced by an experienced surgeon who knows the role of techniques sanctified by time and experience as well as the role of Hounsfield units, miconazole nitrate, and pulmonary artery pressure monitoring. It is a text that, for the most part, acknowledges other approaches and points out pitfalls inherent in the procedures described.
The strength of this text, and its focus, are defined by the first sentence of the book: "The goal of the initial workup is to determine therapy; therefore, the selection of diagnostic procedures should be based on their direct contribution to this decision." Each segment of the book begins with a succinct description of the problem to be addressed. This description is usually followed by just enough data to