Cardiac surgery essentially began at Johns Hopkins University in November 1944 with the blue baby operation. More than 2000 Blalock-Taussig shunts have been performed at this institution. It is therefore totally appropriate that this excellent manual of cardiothoracic surgery comes from Johns Hopkins University. This book is a close collaboration of Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, with many other international authors. The authors originally planned a book that could be used for board review but now have made this “an all-inclusive reference for cardiothoracic surgery.” I believe they have been successful in their endeavor. This is an excellent book that covers all of the basics of cardiothoracic surgery. The particular strengths are the key concepts at the beginning of every chapter and extensive references.
The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Arch Surg. 2007;142(11):1108. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.11.1108