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Atlases of surgery, as a class, are similar to those glossy volumes that adorn coffee tables. They look beautiful, are well conceived and meticulously printed, but are seldom looked at.
This atlas is filled with well-printed and mostly well-photographed pictures of the technical details of standard cardiac operations. The experienced surgeon will skim quickly through the book, approving of some techniques, disapproving of others. Overall, he will probably learn little to make him change his methods. Nor would he go to this book to find out how to do some uncommon operation, preferring to use an original descriptive source. The junior physician beginning cardiac surgery, for whom this book has been written, would find this visual approach useful and more true to life, although not always as clear, as live drawings. But he is also likely to learn as much by assisting at a single operation.
The persons most likely
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