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Book and Media Reviews
April 20, 2011

Atlas of General Surgical Techniques

JAMA. 2011;305(15):1598-1599. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.486

Courtney Townsend and B. Mark Evers, editors of the last 3 editions of Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery, have dedicated considerable time and effort to surgical education. They direct their new Atlas of General Surgical Techniques at residents-in-training, and it is meant to complement their textbook. With 33 authors and 107 chapters, the new atlas hopes to promote consistency through strict use of a 5-step format in each chapter: “Surgical Anatomy”; “Preoperative Considerations”; “Operative Steps (Incision, Dissection, and Closing)”; “Post-Operative Care”; and “Pearls and Pitfalls.” Most importantly, the editors aim to produce a clear and concise surgical atlas with simple line drawings useful to residents.

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