October 1970

Nouveau Traite de Technique Chirurgicale, vol 5: Arteres, Veines, Lymphatiques.

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By MM Cormier, J Sautot, C Frileux, G Arnulf. Price, not given. Pp 618, with 890 illustrations. Masson & Cie, 120 Bd, Saint-Germain, Paris VI, France, 1970.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(4):545. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340280097031

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It is to be expected that texts of technique will appear for such a rapidly expanded field as that of vascular surgery. Since vessels are found almost everywhere in the body, it is only their exposure and relationships which could justify an extensive work. The other aspect of their surgery, that of the mode of operating on an individual vessel, is mainly repeated for each vessel approached.

Unfortunately a major portion of this work is devoted to an excessively detailed and repetitious consideration of the armamentaria and techniques of the actual work done on a vessel once it is exposed. One would think that surgeons learn their art by reading about it, rather than from the apprenticeship which is the reality of surgical training. One finds 29 figures devoted to forceps, scissors, and other instruments. Figure 1 shows the method of tying one's self into a sterile gown!

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