It is inevitable, with the popularity of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, that an atlas of laparoscopic techniques should be published by one of the pioneers in laparoscopic surgery. The authors' original goal was to cover only laparoscopic cholecystectomy; however, it was expanded to cover other techniques in the area of general laparoscopic surgery. The text associated with the atlas is detailed and is perhaps the cost-redeeming part of the work. The illustrations of port placement are good; the intra-abdominal illustrations, however, are inferior. We believe some of this is related to the transfer of these images to the videotape and also because there tends to be a motion effect on some of the illustrations. The descriptions of laparoscopic cholangiography are quite in-depth and thorough. However, we found the illustration for common bile duct exploration not very helpful.
The remainder of the text covers laparoscopic techniques for appendectomy, peptic ulcer disease management, left