Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
In his latest endeavor, Professor Skandalakis has assembled an elegant
and sophisticated two-volume contribution to the field of anatomy and, specifically,
surgical anatomy. The volumes’ 29 chapters are organized in the traditional
organ-specific manner and are replete with excellent color illustrations.
The text also includes history and embryology and discusses the rationale
underlying surgical procedures based on the relevant anatomic considerations.
These volumes are distinct from the standard surgical atlas in incorporating
organ-specific embryology and generous descriptions of pertinent physiology
in support of the well-presented material on surgical procedures. Absent are
the outline or checklist formats of “how-to” surgical texts. Instead,
a conceptual and integrated approach is used to present why a particular operative
procedure is performed in the manner that it is.
Espat NJ. Surgical Anatomy. JAMA. 2005;294(12):1556. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1556-a