This is a comprehensive book that is divided into five sections: "Fundamentals" (16 chapters), "Clinical Applications" (27 chapters), "Pediatrics" (two chapters), "Trauma" (one chapter), and "Future" (one chapter). The appendix is divided into sections entitled "Protocol," "Minimal Pre-operative Testing," "Normal Laparoscopic Anatomy of the Chest," and "Manufacturers Directory."
Many of the 70 authors are from centers in the United States and Europe that have been among the true leaders in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Therefore, much of the book is at the forefront of current knowledge in a rapidly evolving field. The illustrations are generally very good, and the volume is well edited and easy to read.
Without exception, the chapters in the "Fundamentals" and "Clinical Applications" sections are excellent. They come from experienced, active surgeons in the field. The authors have been successful in transmitting important new information. Initially, one is struck by the similarity between this book and