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Gibbon's Surgery of the Chest

Arch Surg. 1984;119(6):740-741. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390180100021.
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The two-volume, latest edition of this work is a magnum opus by any reckoning. When the first copies came from the press the editors must have felt like Moses descending from the mountain, for within these two volumes is almost everything a surgeon could wish to know about surgery of the chest.

More than 100 authors, not including the editors who shouldered more than their share of chapter writing, have written 1,636 pages of double-columned text covering every subject from the preoperative assessment of pulmonary function to the artificial heart.

First, let it be stated that this is a superb book: detailed, authoritative, informative, beautifully printed and produced, and amazingly up to date. If a chest surgeon had to buy only one book as a source of information, this would be it. The bibliographies are extensive, and the short lists of seminal articles with small abstracts provided at the end


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