January 1974

Exenterative Surgery of the Pelvis.

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By John S Spratt Jr, MD; Harvey R Butcher Jr, MD; Eugene M Bricker, MD. Price, $8.75. Pp 177. WB Saunders Co, W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(1):126. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350250112037

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This is a practical and clinically useful book which is a compilation of the experience of three of the foremost experts in exenterative surgery for pelvic malignancy. The work is divided into ten chapters which, within the limitations of a monograph-sized volume, cover concisely all aspects of pelvic exenterations, beginning with the history of the operation and ending with postoperative care. The extensive experience of the authors is distilled into much practical information. The chapter on surgical technique is lucidly written and well illustrated, emphasizing the complexity and the magnitude of the procedure. Exenteration is a formidable undertaking performed capably only by those surgeons specifically trained in the management of pelvic cancer.

The chapter on surgical anatomy contains illustrations that are overly detailed and complex, more suited to an anatomical treatise than the clear descriptions of a surgical atlas. The small print and close spacing wearies the reader.

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