July 1986

Johnson's Surgery of the Chest

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ed 5, edited by J. A. Waldhausen and W. S. Pierce, 536 pp, with illus, $65, Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers Inc, 1985.

Arch Surg. 1986;121(7):858. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400070128039

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An objective review of Julian Johnson's text on thoracic surgery could only be written by a neophyte or by a visitor from another planet. All the rest of us grew up on its earlier editions. It was our supradiaphragmatic security blanket. Every diagram brings back nostalgic memories of latehour preoperative cramming to remind ourselves of half forgotten relationships of obscure arteries to the bronchus or exactly how to look slick in performing a seldom-performed lobectomy or segment resection. Remembrance of things past brings an all but audible chuckle on reviewing these beautifully simple diagrams drawn as a surgeon sees them—peeking out half covered by a fan of lung tissue, like a well-worn path covered by aspen leaves. Kick off the covering and there they are.

The first half of this book is devoted to noncardiac thoracic surgery—the last half covers cardiac and thoracic vascular problems. It is worth commenting that

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