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Books, Journals, New Media
September 28, 2005

Surgical Anatomy

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1556. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1556-a

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.

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