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Book and Media Reviews
November 14, 2007

The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(18):2200-2206. doi:10.1001/jama.298.18.2200

Modern cardiac surgery was developed at Johns Hopkins University. Drs Blalock and Taussig of Hopkins developed the blue baby operation that shook the world. In the foreword to this book, Dr Gott states that during the year 1927, 256 patients underwent shunt procedures at Johns Hopkins, which ultimately led to a total of more than 2000 patients receiving this procedure at this institution. This book is a summation and the end result of that early history. While it began as a board review reference guide, it now comprises a complete textbook of cardiothoracic surgery.

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