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By collecting 27 original publications, most of which discuss a significant advance in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, the editor has assembled an excellent anthology. The volume is dedicated to Hanoch Milwidsky, a pioneer thoracic surgeon from the Middle East who was killed by Arab terrorists in 1970.
On the positive side, the text contains many essays by noted authorities. Bjork, Brock, Cooley, Ionescu, Ross, Senning, and Starr all discuss valve surgery. Effler, Favaloro, Kay, Matloff, and Vineberg illuminate myocardial revascularization. Bernard, Kirklin, and McGoon update selected aspects of congenital heart surgery. And Shumway summarizes cardiac transplantation. In addition, surgeons from many countries cover other topics like deep hypothermia, vena-caval interruption, and intractable peptic stricture of the esophagus.
On the negative side, the book does not read like a book. There are no editorial overviews putting the many unrelated, short articles into some kind of perspective, and all the papers were
Marty AT. Recent Trends in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. JAMA. 1976;235(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260280059035