edited by Maurice E. Arregui and Robert Nagan, 525 pp, with illus, $95, ISBN 1-85775-046-2, Oxford, England, Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd, New York, NY, Scovill-Paterson, distributor, 1994.
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Hernia, edited by Lloyd M. Nyhus and Robert E. Condon, 4th ed, 615 pp, with illus, $140, ISBN 0-397-51286-4, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott Co, 1995.
The contents of the first book, Inguinal Hernia, are based on an international conference held in May 1993 in Indianapolis, Indiana, entitled "Hernias 93: Advances or Controversies?"
This reviewer has not previously received a book that begins with a publisher's note stating "... only the most vigilant of our readers will notice that we have had to compromise on the high standards of production normally associated with our publications." In fact, the layout, paper quality, and format are excellent, even though many of the photographic illustrations appear fuzzy.
There are several excellent chapters on the anatomy and development of inguinal hernias and more classical hernia repairs, such as Bassini's operation, Cooper's ligament, the Lichtenstein, and the Shouldice. The chapters on pitfalls and complications of inguinal hernia
Litwin MS. Inguinal Hernia: Advances or Controversies?. JAMA. 1995;273(24):1960-1961. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520480080047