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Citing many recent advances in cardiothoracic surgery, the editors have made a good case for bringing out a new revision of the standard text just five years after the previous one. Preliminary comparison of the fifth and sixth editions suggests not much change when, in reality, substantial additions have been made.
There are still two volumes with the same three sections: "General Thoracic Surgery," "Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease," and "Surgery for Acquired Heart Disease." The sixth edition has 300 more pages, but some of this reflects larger and more readable print.
While the overall format and most chapter titles remain the same, about half of the authors are new, and the subject matter is expanded and updated in a most satisfactory manner. Some of the classic chapters on embryology, tetralogy of Fallot, and cardiac anatomy are little changed but remain effective.
Entirely new chapters cover cardiomyoplasty, homografts, aortic valves,
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