Before writing a medical text, authors and editors should take aim on the target reader and decide on the load (content) of the text. A convenient check-off list might be as follows:
Those that attempt a smothering rather than directed fire and take aim on the entire huddled group of readers 1 through 4 are usually doomed either to score only occasional hits, to writing multiple volumes, to failure, or to all of the above.
Litwin, as a mature clinical surgeon with admirable restraint, focuses this book on sections 3 and d above. It is, except for a few imperfections, a pure surgical atlas. It starts where most atlases stop being designed for experienced general abdominal surgeons who seek help in the technical niceties of procedures