February 1981

Hydatid Disease

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


by Yervant D. Jidejian, 220 pp, Beirut, Lebanon, Dar el-Mashreq and American University of Beirut, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):260. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140100040

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This is an authoritative book based on the author's 50 years of experience. He has practiced the profession of surgery mostly at the American University of Beirut Hospital, Lebanon, and has acquired a vast experience in the surgical treatment of hydatid disease. Although echinococcosis, endemic to some areas like the Middle East, used to be restricted geographically, it has gradually become a global problem due to the increased speed and popularity of travel. Dr Jidejian's book is a valuable addition to the surgical literature on hydatid disease and includes excellent coverage of the parasitology, epidemiology, immunological diagnosis, and radiological manifestations of this infestation, in addition to detailed descriptions of the surgical treatment of the disease in various organs.

Dr Jidejian's book is the second large contribution to this subject in recent years, and adds an important dimension to Saidi's 1975 book Surgery of Hydatid Disease. This new volume is well

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