June 1978

Congenital Deformities of the Chest Wall and Their Operative Correction

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New Haven, Conn


by Mark M Ravitch, MD, pp 306, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1977.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(6):773-774. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370180115025

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Even a cursory reading of this excellent monograph makes it abundantly clear that, after 30 years of clinical experience the management of several hundred patients with various chest wall deformities as seen in five major medical centers, Dr Ravitch speaks with authority and has established himself as a pioneer and major contributor in this special field. A more detailed study of his text reinforces this opinion and furthermore demonstrates that the historical background of the abnormalities under consideration has been investigated with painstaking thoroughness and a passion for accurate detail. In many of the very numerous articles cited, a considerable portion of the original text has been excerpted, translated where it was necessary, and quoted extensively, which may discourage the impatient reader with limited time while appealing to others with more reflective temperaments. However, each topic is neatly summarized at the conclusion of the appropriate section or chapter for easy

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