November 1985

Complications of Cardiopulmonary Surgery

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by Geoffrey H. Smith, 241 pp, $35, London, Bailliere Tindall, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(11):1326-1327. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390350102031

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This book is designed for the general surgical resident and the thoracic surgeon in training. Its emphasis is on postoperative problems and topics of controversy. Its style is informal and makes no pretense at quantitating the frequency of the various complications or at being original.

British terminology, such as in the naming of proprietary drugs or in referring to arterial blood gas partial pressure as kPa, is confusing to Americans. Some of the sections are out of date. For example, there is no mention of skinny needle aspiration biopsy of the lung or the percutaneous use of the intra-aortic balloon pump catheter. There are also certain glaring omissions, such as missing discussions of chronic postthoracotomy pain and aortic dissection as a complication of aortic cannulation or mention of surgical fixation of flail segments following blunt chest trauma.

The best chapters are those that describe the initial evaluation and care of

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