by David C. Sabiston, Jr, 808 pp, with illus by R. G. Gordon, $150, ISBN 0-7216-7883-1, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.
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Recent atlases of general surgery have been largely monotonous. With the introduction of minimal access operative techniques, however, a new day is dawning. If this is, in fact, a Renaissance, then Gordon may be the Leonardo and Sabiston the Lorenzo who, together, are the illuminators of the revival. Their big atlas is refreshingly crisp, up-to-date, and helpful in its description of new and essential operative techniques for the general surgeon. The appeal will be primarily to surgeons whose practice demands familiarity with staples, minimal access techniques, endoscopes, and ambulatory surgery—entities not a part of their residency training only a few years ago.
A major benefit of this atlas is its currency. Within the remarkably short period of two years, Gordon drew each of the 1010 sophisticated but clear line drawings—this amounts to almost three drawings a day including Saturdays and Sundays. The result is a clear, uniform, state-of-the-art illustration of
Eiseman B. Atlas of General Surgery. JAMA. 1994;271(17):1376-1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510410094045