edited by F. Griffith Pearson, Jean Deslauriers, Clement A. Hiebert, Robert J. Ginsberg, Martin F. McKneally, and Harold C. Urschel, 1711 pp, with illus, $185, ISBN 0-443-08798-9, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
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The latest entry into the field of general thoracic surgery is a text simply titled Thoracic Surgery. While it contains a wealth of information on diseases and operations, the editors clearly state that sheer information is not its major purpose. In the foreword Dr Joel D. Cooper concludes that the one word which best describes the character of this book is "unique."
The most notable difference of this text from similar ones is the omission of any material on the esophagus, for which the separate text Esophageal Surgery is required.
The first chapters contain what every student should know about the history of the specialty and pulmonary physiology, and a generous section on pulmonary imaging.
Readers will not be disappointed with the manner in which the standard thoracic subjects are covered. They quite naturally reflect the expertise and experience of the division of thoracic surgery of the Toronto Hospital, where
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