This is a series often monographs by well-known surgeons from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Sweden devoted to operations that have, in common, reconstruction of some part of the gastrointestinal tract after an acquired or congenital defect. It is a curious common theme, but it provides a good excuse for discussions of new and controversial operative procedures. It is a book designed for practicing surgeons, in which such operations as the Kock pouch, ileal perineal reservoir, and reconstruction of the pylorus for dumping are discussed. The editors and authors are well chosen and do not oversell the operations that they prefer. Options are analyzed as to strengths and weaknesses, then a succinct description is provided of operative technique. They keep their practicing surgical reader in mind and suggest technical pitfalls. This portion of each chapter resembles an operative atlas.
The book's value is as a reference and bibliographic