June 20, 1980

Manual of Gynecologic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles County Harbor—UCLA Medical Center Torrance, Calif


by Byron J. Masterson, 256 pp, 192 illus, $79.80, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(23):2442. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300490060034

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This book effectively fulfills the challenge posed by its title. The authors are skilled and experienced surgeons, effective teachers, and lucid authors and illustrators. They have nicely organized the salient features of gynecological surgery into a volume useful to anyone performing these procedures, especially residents.

The book is aptly divided into sections on ambulatory, vaginal, and abdominal surgery, including discussions of wound healing, specific gynecological surgical procedures, and general surgical and urologic procedures pertinent to the gynecologist. The chapters devoted to a single operation or to operations on a given anatomical area all deal with anatomy, preoperative evaluation, operative strategy, operative technique, postoperative management, and results. Pertinent data are included while, in general, extraneous material has been excluded. A valuable section deals with wound healing and the need for atraumatic handling of tissue, a topic often neglected by the gynecologist.

The writing is direct and assertive. The color illustrations are