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July 1986

Current Operative Surgery—General Surgery

Arch Surg. 1986;121(7):855. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400070125030

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Operative atlases are like cameras: some, like wide-angle lenses, attempt full coverage. Others have telephoto focus on a limited field. This book is in the telephoto category. It sharply outlines nine new operations chosen with care by the two editors from Dundee, Scotland, and Dublin. The authors are from the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. It is one of the first in a series, each of which will be devoted to a surgical specialty. The purpose of the book is to provide the experienced surgeon with a description by well-known surgeons of new and as yet unfamiliar operations. Most of the authors are enthusiastic devotees of the operations they describe. Freeark is fittingly reserved, however, about the many transiently touted operations designed to achieve weight reduction. His sensible thesis, however, is that if a surgeon chooses to perform such procedures, it behooves him to be acquainted with what

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