There are many good atlases of operative technique and even more comprehensive textbooks of surgery. David Fromm, his colleagues at State University of New York in Syracuse, plus a few invited all-pros have written a two-volume set that combines the information and illustrations of an operative atlas with an in-depth commentary on pathophysiology and preoperative and postoperative care. They keep the two-volume publication within portable limits by focusing strictly on surgery of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Being embryologic purists, they include in this category such gut diverticula as the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas.
The book is for general surgeons and those in training for this specialty. Students, however, will find in sections on pathophysiology, preoperative and postoperative care, and the complete bibliographies exactly what they want to know on selected GI subjects.
Fromm has consciously emphasized the new and controversial aspects of GI surgery. The classic operative techniques are