June 25, 1997

Maingot's Abdominal Operations

Author Affiliations

New Jersey Medical School Newark


vols 1 & 2, edited by Michael J. Zinner, Seymour I, Schwartz, and Harold Ellis, 10th ed, 2150+ pp, with illus, $295, ISBN 0-8385-6106-3, Stamford, Conn, Appleton & Lange, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(24):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540480079045

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The 10th edition of this classical surgical text has much to commend it. As in previous editions, this excellent text is dedicated to providing general surgeons and surgical trainees a concise but detailed overview of the operative and nonoperative components of abdominal surgery. Since Maingot's Abdominal Operations has a wide readership and has enjoyed considerable success in the past, and there is a tendency not to tamper with success, I expected the 10th edition to largely resemble the previous edition, which was published in 1990.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The new edition is more than a major revision of a classical text; in many ways it is a de novo text, with new chapters and new authors. In comparing the 10th to the ninth edition, I found that only 18 of the 81 chapters had the same contributors, while 20 chapters were new, and the remaining 43