The purpose of an atlas is to familiarize the reader with the appearance of the operative field before, during, and after operative intervention. The quality of the illustrations and the thoroughness of a narrative may help a beginner as well as an experienced surgeon gain altitude on the learning curve. All things considered, I think this atlas only partially achieves such goals.
The authors have organized the 23 chapters into a logical sequence of basics, followed by individual procedures. Some of the chapters may not hold interest for the typical general surgeon, such as thoracoscopic sympathectomy, varicocelectomy, and esophagectomy (actually thoracoscopic mobilization accompanied by a celiotomy). I noted the conspicuous absence of splenectomy, myotomy, adrenalectomy, and several other procedures. I was delighted to find inclusion of choledocholithiasis and repair of perforated ulcers, because these disorders are probably not being managed laparoscopically as routinely as they should be. A limited selection of references, often the authors' publications, follows each procedure's description. No index is provided.
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