July 17, 1981

Manual of Cardiac Surgery

Author Affiliations

Evansville, Ind


vol 1, by Bradley J. Harlan, Albert Starr, and Fredric M. Harwin (Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties, Richard H. Egdahl, ed), 204 pp, 193 illus, $140, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;246(3):283. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320030067041

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The Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties represent the ongoing best efforts of series editor Richard H. Egdahl and the publishers (Springer-Verlag) to present the operative techniques employed in each of the surgical disciplines in full color, from the surgeon's point of view, and in perspective, beginning with the basics and advancing to highly sophisticated techniques. The first volume in the series, Manual of Endocrine Surgery, appeared six years ago at a price of $40; the page size was smaller (10 1/2×7 1/2 in) but there were more of them (274), so the amount of information contained is similar to the newest volume in the series, with its 204 pages (12×9 in), and comparisons are appropriate.

The Manual of Endocrine Surgery, by Edis, Ayala, and Egdahl, remains the single most useful reference to this topic. Logically organized, superbly illustrated, and impeccably detailed, it unravels all the mysteries of surgical approaches to