July 1974

Reoperative Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC


By Thomas T White, MD, RC Harrison, MD. Price, $25. Pp 320. Little Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02106, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):127. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010101039

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This is a fascinating text containing data not easily obtainable elsewhere. The authors capture the significance of this topic with emphasis on the fact that some 4% of patients undergoing gastrointestinal tract operations require immediate reoperation in the early postoperative course and an additional 4% require operation at a later time. The primary topics include reoperation for complications involving the abdominal wall, the esophagus, the stomach and duodenum, the biliary tract, the pancreas, and the small and large bowel.

In reading the book, this reviewer is impressed with the admirable treatment of a large number of potential complications in this field. Thus, in the presence of complications following gastrointestinal tract procedures, the surgeon can refer to this text with confidence that the problem will be thoughtfully discussed. For example, if problems are anticipated following a difficult duodenal dissection or after operations on the biliary tract, this text is an outstanding

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