April 1984

Complex Operations at the Massachusetts General Hospital

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by R. A. Malt, A. C. Moncure, and L. W. Ottinger, 259 pp, with illus, $55, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1983.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(4):488. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390160110026

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At today's prices, it is hardly appropriate to say that surgical atlases are a dime a dozen, but there certainly are a lot of them. This book, from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, is, however, different in that it illustrates only 13 complicated operative problems, ranging from the exotic to several relatively common, nagging operative problems such as reoperation for parathyroid disease. It resembles the program put on by a host institution for a prestigious traveling surgical club. It deals with nothing so mundane as a groin rupture or a breast lump, but rather illustrates technical challenges for master surgical craftsmen. This book is for surgeons who are comfortable performing vascular anastomoses and intruding into the chest, down into the pelvic cavity, and across various bony prominences as they practice the epitome of general surgery. It befits the philosophy of surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where a general

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