December 12, 1980

Operative Surgery: Principles and Techniques

Author Affiliations

University of Colorado Medical Center Denver


edited by Paul F. Nora, ed 2; 1,181 pp, with illus, $96, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(23):2673. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310230067039

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For eight years, Nora's Operative Surgery has been the security blanket of the junior surgery resident. It contains just enough material on preoperative and postoperative care to cover most of what the young surgeon wants to know and describes explicitly how to perform most classic general surgical procedures.

Now Nora has brought his book up to date in a second edition. New techniques, such as stapling and vascular access for hemodialysis, have been added. Advances in pharmacology as they affect the surgeon—for example, histamine H-2 blockers—have been given their place. Most important, Nora has chosen good surgeons to add new chapters on procedures, eg, gastric operations for obesity, that have come into general use since his last edition. In other areas the new chapters reflect the current vogue, such as those deemphasizing radical surgery in favor of less extensive mastectomy for cancer.

This book is designed for the general