The (CMSS) Manual of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery is so richly illustrated that it fits as well on a coffee table at home as on the shelf of a surgeon's library. The artist, Floyd E. Hosmer, used light lines in shading to create color pictures of the esophagus and stomach in various states of dissection and reconstruction. The result is an unusually attractive surgical atlas that draws the reader's eye to the illustrations long before the text is read.
Despite the beauty and detail of the artwork, several illustrations were confusing. An example is the view of gastric resection on page 15. The drawing shows the division of vessels of the lesser curvature of the stomach. Because of the distortion of the fundus by position in traction, it requires a moment or two of study to become oriented to the anatomic perspective. Except for this and one or two other drawings,