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Book Review
January 2001

Minimal Access Surgical Anatomy

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by Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, Sir Alfred Cuschieri, MD, FRSE, and Fiona J. Carter, Bsc (Hons), 305 pages, with illus, $125, ISBN 0-397-51459-X, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000.


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Surg. 2001;136(1):115. doi:

Some have described laparoscopic surgery as viewing an entire room through a keyhole. The authors of Minimal Access Surgical Anatomy have opened the door to the pertinent architecture for the minimal access surgeon. Perhaps the only aspect of minimal access surgery that is not changing on a daily basis is the anatomy, and therefore this book will never be obsolete.

The text is organized regionally and consists of 11 chapters with 220 color pictures and corresponding labeled line drawings. Each chapter begins with a thorough description of the initial laparoscopic view and principles of exposure. Concise, surgically relevant anatomic descriptions with an overview of specific surgical procedures follow, providing an important review for all surgeons. Each chapter is complete with a bibliography of anatomic references and current surgical techniques for further reading. What distinguishes this text from other anatomy textbooks is that these authors describe standard anatomy and common anatomic variants that pertain specifically to the laparoscopic surgeon.

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