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June 1981

Manual of Surgery of the Gallbladder, Bile Ducts and Exocrine Pancreas

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by Robert E. Hermann, 304 pp, $84.50, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(6):842. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380180086021

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This book is part of the seriesComprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties, published by Springer-Verlag and edited by Richard H. Egdahl, MD. As in the others, the senior author is a well-known and highly regarded practioner and teacher, and the volume is notable for the excellence of the color illustrations.

The anatomic and physiologic presentation, diagnosis, and management of both common and unusual surgical lesions of the extrahepatic biliary tree and exocrine pancreas are covered. The subject index is comprehensive and appropriate. A single unified and logical approach is applied throughout. There are two excellent chapters on operative technique. Minor faults are the failure to fully develop alternative approaches and a tendency for the illustrations, which are rather diagrammatic, to oversimplify technical steps. The text helps to overcome the second flaw.

The volume should be equally useful to the resident and to the practicing surgeon. Clinical experience, sound principles, lucid

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