For 25 years the Atlas of Gynecologic Surgery has been a classic in Europe. The 1985 English volume is a translation of the 1983 volume in German. Several editions have appeared in Spanish and Italian. As such, this represents a window on standard practice of gynecology in Europe. It has, however, a certain international flavor, for there are four contributors from the United States and one from the United Kingdom. The majority of the chapters, however, are written by Käser and his colleagues in Switzerland or gynecologists in Germany.
The authors interpret gynecology in a broad sense. It includes not only extensive preoperative and postoperative care but techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Of more interest, however, are the sections on bowel resection and removal of Meckel's diverticula, as well as complex urologic procedures. A 46-page chapter is devoted to surgery of the breast.
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