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April 1977

Abdominal Surgery: An Atlas of Operative Techniques

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Rochester, Minn


by Pietro Valdoni, translated and adapted by George Nardi, 290 pp, $55, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1976.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):541. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040193039

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One may be as open to misunderstanding in a written review of a book of surgical technique as one is to write such a book. This reviewer has always favored illustrated surgical texts, particularly if the anatomy is clearly shown and if the reader is spared from great textbook detail in favor of a broad methodology of doing a selected task. Thus, the clear depiction of Valdoni's previously unreported technique of complete surgical intestinal derotation based on the clear understanding of gut embryology makes this chapter a valuable reference for any surgeon who must deal with the complexities of tumor, infection, and trauma. Reference should be made often to this excellent chapter, and it alone warrants one's serious consideration of purchase of the volume.

It was not apparent why Abdominal Surgery commences with a chest procedure and ends with groin hernia repair and anal fistula surgery. Nor was I able

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