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September 1985

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for Surgeons

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by Russell K. Pearl, 190 pp, with illus, $28.95, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(9):1090. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390330096027

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Dr Pearl and his colleagues from Chicago have assembled a how-to book of gastrointestinal (GI) tract endoscopy for surgeons. Twelve succinct chapters are filled with step-by-step narrative instructions reinforced by both cutaway and endoscopic view drawings. Each chapter deals with a specific endoscopic examination and is composed of indications, contraindications, equipment needs, descriptions of technique, and potential complications. Chapters on endoscopic tests for completeness of vagotomy and a review of endoscopic electrosurgical principles complement the work. Diagnostic upper and lower GI tract endoscopy, as well as interventional and therapeutic work including endoscopic sclerosis of esophageal varices, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, and choledochoscopy, are detailed.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for Surgeons is designed to supplement the resident or fully trained surgeon embarking on a supervised course of endoscopic training. This work provides the skeleton for the practice of GI tract endoscopy and assumes a thorough knowledge of anatomy and pathology. The large number of

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